When Santa and his reindeer get ready to set their sights on Connecticut this Christmas Eve they should know that strong potentially damaging winds and heavy rain will await their arrival. Don't forget you can track Santa at santatracker.google.com.

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After checking accuweather.com, weather.gov, and my favorite weather forecaster, The Weather of Steve Turk, the weather prognosis for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day will be a challenge for Santa. AccuWeather Chief On-Air Meteorologist, Bernie Rayno, states that this storm will unleash, "extreme weather on Christmas Eve."

The National Weather Service forecast calls for rain beginning after 4 pm on Thursday, Christmas Eve. Rain will be heavy at times with up to 1 to 2 inches with temps rising to around 57 by 3 am. Wind gusts could reach as high as 46 mph.

On Friday, Christmas Day, rain could be heavy at times in the morning as temps begin to drop back to around 40 by nightfall with wind gusts of up to 43 mph. Another 1 to 2 inches of rain is possible. The overnight lows will reach a very cold, 22 degrees.

According to an article in the Newstimes, the NWS is predicting the strongest winds are most likely to occur in the southern coastal towns of Connecticut with possible wind gusts of 50 to 60 mph.

My advice for you when you leave out a snack for Mr. Claus on Christmas Eve, instead of cookies and milk, I would go big by leaving him a turkey sandwich on a hard roll with a light spread of mayo with lettuce, a slice of cheddar, along with tomato and onions and salt and pepper. The Fat Man is going to need all the strength he can muster.

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