UPDATE at 6:55 p.m.
As the sleet and freezing rain slowly falls now, encouraging many residents to come outside to shovel and dig themselves out, you may think that the worst part of today's storm is over.
Another round of heavy snow is headed our way late tonight, with snowfall rates of 1 to 3 inches per hour, according to the latest National Weather Service winter storm warning.
The light freezing rain will gradually change over to sleet and snow as the evening moves along, and then change to all snow around midnight — becoming heavy at times.
Even a few rumbles of thunder are possible, as the unsettled weather pattern moves through the region overnight.
Additional accumulations of snow and ice of 4 to 9 inches are expected, with statewide totals reaching anywhere from 10 to 22 inches of snow.
UPDATE at 6:35 p.m.
Gov. Dannel Malloy has declared a state of emergency in hopes of securing federal funding, as many towns face road salt shortages, given the number of winter weather events so far this season.
UPDATE at 11:25 a.m.
It looks as though the near blizzard conditions the area has been experiencing since earlier this morning, will now continue well into the afternoon.
The National Weather service just issued an updated special weather statement warning the heavy snowfall — up to 2 to 4 inches an hour — and high guts will continue to sit over the region for a few more hours.
"Snow will gradually mix with or change to sleet from south to north during this time period," the meteorologists report, adding an additional 3 to 6 inches of snow are possible through the early afternoon.
UPDATE at 8:50 a.m. Thursday
The National Weather Service has issued a special weather statement warning of "near blizzard conditions" this morning along the southern portion of the state.
As the latest band of heavy snow sits atop the region, snow fall rates will be in the 2 to 4 inches per hour range. That heavy snow along with rising wind gusts up to 40 miles per hour will significantly reduce visibility.
The blizzard-like conditions are expected to ease as the temperature rises and a wintry mix develops.
"Snow will mix with and possibly change to sleet and rain late this afternoon and evening, before changing back to all snow tonight," the meteorologists stated in their report. "The snow will taper off after midnight."
The coastal flood watch for coastal Connecticut is no longer in effect, according to the National Weather Service's latest weather updates.
The current winter storm warning, however, remains in effect until 6 a.m. tomorrow morning.UPDATE at 5:35 p.m. on Wednesday
As it moves up the coast toward Connecticut, tomorrow's nor'easter is shaping up to be the biggest winter storm of the season so far for the region.
Shortly after 4 p.m, the National Weather Service issued an updated winter storm warning this is now calling for some 10 to 14 inches of wet, heavy snow and ice throughout the state.
While travel is expected to be "treacherous" for most of the day Thursday, the weather service also warned that "the heavy, wet snow may cause some weak, flat roof structures to collapse."
"And tress will be susceptible to falling," the meteorologists stated in their report.
In addition to the winter storm warning, a flood watch has also been issued for much of the state's shoreline as well.
The nor'easter is expected to cause minor coastal flooding during the high tides late Thursday and early Friday morning.
ORIGINAL POST (Tuesday Evening)
It's now certain: Connecticut is going to get another weathery wallop as Winter Storm Pax continues to work its way northward up the coastline.
In advance of the strengthening nor'easter, the National Weather Service already has issued a winter storm watch for the state.
The storm is expected to begin impacting our area from late Wednesday night into early Friday morning.
The snow should start to fall overnight Wednesday, with snowfall rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour possible during the day Thursday.
In addition, periods of a wintry mix of snow and freezing are also possible Thursday — especially along the shoreline. Wind gusts of up to 40 miles per hour are also expected.
The heavy snow and ice will not only make road conditions dangerous, but could lead to structure damages as well, according to the weather service.
"Snowfall will make travel treacherous on Thursday," the NWS warns in their report. "In addition, heavy wet snow may cause some weak, flat roof structures to collapse and trees will be susceptible to falling."
How Much Snow?
The question of how much snow the storm will bring to the region, however, is still uncertain.
Currently, the NWS says the region could get upwards of 8 to 10 inches of snow, with areas along the shoreline seeing a significant wintry mix of sleet and freezing rain.
But the Weather Channel notes in its latest report on the storm, that the system could deliver significantly more — up to a foot of snow or more — depending on how it tracks up the coast over the next several hours.
"There remains uncertainty with the track of this system which will dictate whether heavier snow falls near the I-95 corridor or just northwest of there in any given location," Weather Channel forecasters state in their online report.
Patch will continue to keep an eye on the sky and provide weather updates on the approaching winter storm, as more information about its track and expected snowfall levels become available.