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Stratford Weather: Rain, Coastal Flood Warning, Wind Warning

Coastal flooding, rain, lots of wind with strong gusts, sleet, rain. Just dying to see that new movie tonight? How 'bout a matinee instead?

Mother Nature's going to be playing with her winter toys today, with the National Weather Service forecasting rain, snow and sleet, mainly after 4 p.m., along with a Coastal Flood Warning and a High Wind Warning.

So don't dawdle at those after-Christmas sales this afternoon. The good news is that, while you should have your snow shovel and salt ready (just in case!), it looks like any snow will be washed away by the rain. Quite a bit of rain, as a matter of fact.

Flooding, too

For those of you in low-lying areas along the shore, the weather service has upped its "Coastal Flood Watch," issued earlier, to a more serious "Coastal Flood Warning" from 8 p.m. to midnight, when the tide is highest. The warning is for western Long Island Sound, including Stratford.

Tides should be 3 to 5 feet above normal and affect "vulnerable shore roads and/or basements."

Wind and gusts

For the New York metropolitan area, Long Island and coastal Connecticut, including Stratford, the weather service's "High Wind Warning" is in effect from 4 p.m. this afternoon through 6 a.m. Thursday.

Forecasters say there could be winds of 25 to 40 mph and gusts of up to 60 mph.

"Winds of this magnitude will likely down trees and tree limbs, power lines and holiday decorations and cause minor property damage," according to the wind-warning forecast. "Power outages are possible. Driving high profile vehicles will be difficult, especially on elevated roadways and bridges.

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