Winter storm on the way, parking ban in effect

The town has instituted a parking ban in effect for all town streets until tomorrow afternoon. All vehicles must be moved off public roads to allow Public Works crews to clear the expected heavy snow. During the storm roads may be slippery.

The latest computer models continue to forecast that a major winter storm will impact our area Friday afternoon through Saturday morning. Light and steady snow will begin Friday morning and change to a wintery mix by Saturday afternoon. Heavy snow is expected overnight on Friday, into Saturday morning, ending Saturday afternoon. Total snowfall is expected to range from 12 to 24 inches.

Strong winds are also expected with sustained winds of 20-30 miles per hour Friday night, gusting to 70 miles per hour at times. These strong winds may bring down trees and power lines resulting in a moderate number of power outages.

All Recreation Dept. programs are canceled for the weekend.

Power companies UI and CL&P are staffing up their information centers all across the state. Some workers will stay at hotels so they don't have to travel home at night. Line crews and tree crews are coming in from out of state.

Today the forecast is snow all day with high temperature near 34, breezy, with a northeast wind 11 to 20 mph with gusts as high as 39 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. Total daytime snow accumulation of 3 to 7 inches is possible.

Tonight the snow could be heavy at times with a low around 22, blustery, with a north wind around 25 mph and gusts as high as 48 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 8 to 12 inches is possible.

On Saturday, snow is likely, mainly before 1 p.m. It will be mostly cloudy, with a high near 29. Blustery, a north wind of 20 to 25 mph with gusts as high as 45 mph is forecast. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.

Saturday night will be mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming clear, with a low around 8 and wind chill values as low as -6. Blustery, with a northwest wind 11 to 20 mph, gusts could be as high as 31 mph.

Sunday will be sunny, with a high near 33. Northwest wind 8 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Sunday night there is a slight chance of snow showers, partly cloudy, with a low around 18. Chance of precipitation is 20%.