Don’t put those shovels away just yet, Fairfield County. It looks like even more of the white stuff is on the way.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for this area beginning Wednesday afternoon, and lower Fairfield County could see another 5 to 9 inches of snow on the ground by Thursday morning, according to forecasts.

Ross Dickman, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said the storm watch could be upgraded to a storm warning later Tuesday afternoon or overnight Wednesday. Although the storm is predicted to start with rain and sleet, most of the precipitation is expected to be snowfall, Dickman said. If the system moves, warmer air could transform the snow into rain.

“The guidance we’re receiving this morning looks like a colder solution, especially across Connecticut,” Dickman said.

This will be the fifth major winter weather event in the area this winter. Dickman said 38.7 inches of snow have been recorded by the weather service in Bridgeport, a half-inch more than fell there last year. But it’s not a record. Dickman said 75.7 inches of snow was recorded in Bridgeport in the winter of 1995-96. Winter seasons are recorded from Oct. 1 to March 1, he said.

“It’s not as much as we think,” he said. “Part of it is we’ve had such cold air over the area. We are not seeing the warm-up to turn this into rain. Everything we do get happens to turn into snow.”

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