The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard watch for the area as a powerful winter storm is expected to affect the region starting Thursday night and lasting into Saturday morning.
The blizzard watch will be in effect from Friday afternoon and continue through to 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 here are expected to be some 18 to 24 inches of snow, along with possible traces of ice.
The high winds and heavy snow is expected to make for at times white out conditions, with visibility reduced to less than a quarter of a mile.
"The heavy snow will make for dangers 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.