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Officials urge residents to be prepared for snow

With a winter storm warning in place for today, area emergency service officials urge residents to prepare.

State Police Lt. J. Paul Vance said as the storm intensifies, state police recommend residents stay off the roads.

During a storm, vehicles can become disabled, preventing Department of Transportation trucks from clearing the highways, Vance said.

If travel is necessary during the storm, state police urge residents to make sure vehicles are storm ready, with proper tires, adequate gas and proper wipers.

Having a fully charged cell phone, bottles of water, food items, extra clothes, a shovel, flares and blankets in vehicles is also recommended, Vance said.

Provide travel details to friends or families and check media reports before traveling, Vance said. If your vehicle becomes stranded, stay with your vehicle and do not try to walk away. Call 911 from your cell phone for help. Run the motor for about 10 minutes each hour for heat. Open a window slightly for fresh air and make sure the exhaust pipe is not blocked.

Meriden issued a parking ban from 6 a.m. today until further notice. Parking any vehicle on a public street or highway is prohibited.

Wallingford also issued a parking ban on town streets beginning at 4 p.m. today until further notice, according to the town website.

State police will deploy specialty emergency vehicles across the state, with troopers to respond to emergencies.

The National Weather Service issued a Winter Storm Watch beginning this morning until late Sunday. The NWS forecasts 6 to 10 inches of snow possible today, with a trace of ice as the snow mixes with sleet and freezing rain late tonight.

Snow is forecast to begin Saturday morning, becoming heavy at times Saturday evening, according to the NWS.



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