The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard watch for Clinton as a powerful winter storm is expected to affect the region starting after midnight Thursday night and lasting into Saturday afternoon.
The storm system will bring with it heavy snow, sleet and damaging winds — with gusts blowing up in excess of 60 miles per hour.
Total accumulations along the shoreline could be 10 to 14 inches of snow, along with possible traces of ice.
The high winds and heavy snow is expected to create white-out conditions, with visibility reduced to less than a quarter of a mile.
"The heavy snow will make for dangerous driving conditions," the weather service meteorologists report in their alert. "In addition, the heavy snow and strong winds will result in blizzard conditions, bringing down some tree limbs and causing scattered power outages."
A winter storm watch that had been issued earlier this week has now been cancelled, with the blizzard watch issued in its place.