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Temperatures Plunge After Storm Dumps A Foot Of Snow On Bethel, Newtown

A blanket of snow fell on Bethel and Newtown on Thursday afternoon. Photo Credit: Tom Renner
Drivers faced the unenviable task of cleaning off cars after Thursday's powerful storm. Photo Credit: Tom Renner
Drivers also faced slick and snow-covered roads immediately after the storm. Photo Credit: Tom Renner
A weary shoveler waved the white flag after a heavy storm fell on the region Thursday. Photo Credit: Tom Renner

NEWTOWN AND BETHEL, Conn. -- Temperatures plunged Thursday afternoon after a powerful winter storm dumped about a foot of snow on Bethel and Newtown, with snow falling for much of the morning and into early afternoon.

The National Weather Service predicted that 10 to 14 inches of snow would fall in the region Thursday. As of 2 p.m., nearly 13 inches of the white stuff had fallen in Newtown, according to the National Weather Service. The snow fell heavily in the morning and started to wind down by mid- to late afternoon.

The snow and cold will impact travel conditions throughout the evening Thursday. There is the possibility some schools and businesses will delay openings on Friday to clean up from the storm.

The snow looks to be only the beginning of the weather headache. Temperatures plunged into the low 20s on Thursday with strong winds, bringing the wind chill well below zero. Temperatures are expected to reach around 10 degrees on Thursday night, but winds should diminish. The wind chill will still fall below zero for most of the evening.

The National Weather Service predicted a high of 25 degrees on Friday, with a chance of some light snow Friday night. Saturday should be cloudy with a high around 40, with snow and rain likely on Sunday. The system should bring all rain by late Sunday morning.

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