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Thursday, January 18 Local

NWS: Beware slick conditions on Saturday

The arrival of cold air could result in slick conditions throughout Fairfield County Saturday morning.

The National Weather Service issued a special weather advisory warning Fairfield County residents of potentially slick conditions that could arise from an incoming cold front.

Despite warm temperatures early Saturday, the NWS said a cold front is expected to settle into the region around mid- to late-morning, dropping temperatures from the moderate 34-degree weather to the low 20s.

When the cold air mixes with any standing water left from Friday evening’s rain showers, hazardous conditions could result.

“Any standing water will freeze resulting in black ice conditions on untreated walkways, sidewalks, parking lots and roadways. Use extra caution when venturing out,” said the NWS advisory.

Since dawn, temperatures have begun to plummet around the state. Between 7 and 9 a.m. alone, the Danbury Airport reported a 19-degree drop in temperature.

“We go below freezing today by mid-morning. Be careful for slick spots on walkways and roadways. Black ice will be REAL!” tweeted the Bethel Emergency Management and Fire Marshal in response.

Here is what you can expect for the rest of the day and through Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday:

Today: A 20 percent chance of rain before 9 a.m. Cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a temperature falling to around 27 by 5 p.m. Wind chill values between 15 and 25. Northwest wind 15 to 17 mph.

Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 12. Wind chill values between zero and 10. North wind 11 to 15 mph.

Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 25. Wind chill values between zero and 10. North wind around 10 mph.

Sunday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 9. Wind chill values between zero and 5. North wind 7 to 9 mph.

Monday: Partly sunny, with a high near 28. Northeast wind 6 to 9 mph.

Monday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a steady temperature around 26.

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