Rain in in the forecast for the Fourth, but weekend looks nice

This Tuesday, July 1, 2014, satellite image released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), shows the center of Tropical Storm Arthur off the east coast of Florida. With the July Fourth weekend on the horizon, the Atlantic hurricane season's first named storm plodded off Florida's coast early Wednesday, though Tropical Storm Arthur wasn't yet spooking too many in the storm's potential path.

Tropical Storm Arthur is moving up the East Coast, but don’t worry, Connecticut, it’s going to curve well south of New England.

But another cold front not associated with Arthur might rain on your Fourth of July parade or cookout.

Gary Lessor, a meteorologist with the Western Connecticut State University Weather Center, said the only sign of Arthur in this region might be higher-than-usual tides on Friday.

Lessor said a cold front will creep into the region Thursday, bringing showers and thunderstorms that will linger through Friday, but how long into Friday remains up in the air.

Lessor said the storm may clear up in time for fireworks scheduled that night in Norwich, but it’s too soon to say for certain.

Parades are scheduled for the Fourth of July in Lyme, Stonington and Groton.

Jerry Lokken, manager of recreation services in Groton, said Groton is still planning to go ahead with its parade, slated to start at 10 a.m.

“We won’t make a decision to cancel until Friday morning, unless it’s painfully clear Thursday that it’s going to be raining,” said Lokken.

Lokken said they will wait until Friday to make a decision because there’s no rain date.

“It either happens or it doesn’t,” he said.

Lessor said Saturday and Sunday with be mostly sunny with highs in the low 80s.




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