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"Coastal Flood Warning" ...Coastal Flood Warning now in effect from 7 PM to 11 PM EST Monday... * locations...low lying areas along western Long Island Sound. * Tidal departures...3 1/2 to 4 1/2 ft above astronomical tides in the evening. * Timing...moderate coastal flooding around the times of astronomical high tide...between 7 PM and 11 PM. * Coastal flood impacts...potential for widespread flooding of vulnerable shore roads and adjacent properties due to height of storm tide and wave action. Inundation of 1 to 2 ft in the lowest lying spots. Road closures may be needed. Isolated structural damage may be observed along the immediate shoreline. * Shoreline impacts...elevated water levels in combination with 3 to 5 ft of surf are expected to cause beach erosion and splashover along the shoreline Monday evening. Precautionary/preparedness actions... A coastal Flood Warning means that flooding is expected or occurring. Coastal residents in the warned area should be alert for rising water...and take appropriate action to protect life and property. ...Western l.I. Sound water levels for Monday evening... Coastal............time of......forecast total......flood..... Location...........high Tide.....Water level........category.. ...................................(Mllw/mhhw)................ Kings Point NY.......859 PM....10.6-11.1/2.8-3.3.....Min-mod.. Stamford CT..........821 PM....10.0-10.5/2.2-2.7.....Minor.... Bridgeport CT........818 PM.....9.5-10.0/2.2-2.7.....Minor.... New Haven CT.........817 PM......8.9-9.6/2.2-2.7.....Minor.... Old Field NY.........820 PM......9.3-9.8/2.0-2.5.....Min-mod.. Glen Cove NY.........900 PM....10.2-10.7/2.3-2.8.....Min-mod.. , "High Wind Warning" ...High Wind Warning remains in effect from 1 am Monday to 1 am EST Tuesday... * winds...northeast 30 to 40 mph with gusts 60 to 70 mph. * Timing...winds could begin gusting as high as 45 mph just before daybreak Monday. The strongest winds are expected Monday afternoon and evening. * High wind impacts...damaging winds will blow down trees and power lines. Numerous power outages are expected. Travel will be difficult...especially for high profile vehicles and on elevated roadway and bridges. Precautionary/preparedness actions... A High Wind Warning means a hazardous high wind event is expected or occurring. Sustained wind speeds of at least 40 mph or gusts of 58 mph or more can lead to property damage. , "Storm Warning" ...Storm Warning remains in effect from 1 am Monday to 1 am EST Tuesday... * winds and seas...northeast winds 25 to 35 kt with gusts up to 60 kt. Seas 6 to 10 feet. Precautionary/preparedness actions... A Storm Warning means sustained winds or frequent gusts of 48 to 63 kt are expected or occurring. Recreational boaters should remain in port...or take shelter until winds and waves subside. Commercial vessels should prepare for very strong winds and dangerous sea conditions...and consider remaining in port or taking shelter in port until winds and waves subside. -- Monday Jan.23 17,03:24 AM

Creating Your Winter Wonderland Wedding!

Are you thinking of planning your nuptials during the winter season? Check out some of these ideas!

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Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone, those who are planning their upcoming nuptials can look forward to celebrating the new season. Winter weddings are a favorite among brides who love the snow, Christmas, and the beautiful b

ackdrop of evergreen trees. As December approaches, now is a great time to think about planning your winter wedding!

Seasonal weddings are always a fun idea for brides to be. You can pick the perfect time ofyear to reflect your personality and your relationship. Many women have had the season of their wedding picked out since they were a little girls, a winter wonderland fantasy being the ultimate dream wedding. With just a few touches that won’t break your budget you can make these dreams a reality.

While winter weddings of the past have been dominated by typical red, green and sometimes dark purple hues, the trends now show a much more subtle and formal wedding and wish to remain more in focus with the season these colors are perfect for your winter wonderland. Check out some of these ideas to create the perfect the wedding!

Invitations: Going along with the more formal theme that a winter weddings calls for, your invitations should be much more black tie oriented.  Think card-stock invitations and dark and warm colors or lighter colors if it goes with your theme. If your looking to bring some of the iciness of winter into your invitation you can always send out frosted Plexiglass invitations. They will look like pieces of ice and your guests can treasure them forever.

Bouquet: Winter weddings call for a different type of bouquet. Instead of using traditional flowers such as roses or lilies you can try different flowers or something else entirely. Instead of a bouquet you can walk down the aisle with a winter wreath. This can be created using hardy plants, such as boxwood or wax flowers. Decorate it with white roses for a stunning and unique change to the traditional bouquet.

Wedding Favors: A winter wedding means weddings favors that emit warmth and love. You can do this quite literally with a hot cocoa wedding favor. Fill a mug with all the fixings for hot chocolate with a piece of cardstock tied to the handle with you and your groom’s names and the date of your wedding. For something a little more sophisticated you can give a pouch of miniature Seckel pears. Add a little card that says “The Perfect Pair” for an endearing favor.

Decorations: What can arguably be the most fun part of planning a winter wedding would be the decorations. This is how you make your wedding day stand out with tons of winter themed delights. One thing you can do to create your winter wonderland is use what you have in your own backyard. Simply collect all the branches you can find and use fake ice or snow to frost them. Putting these in vases as centerpieces surrounded by votive candles makes for an intimate and romantic setting. You can even line the aisle with the branches for an extra winter touch. To further create a wintry setting you can toss paper snow on the tablecloths and also use it to throw on the bride and groom as they are leaving for their honetmoon!