The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard watch for Waterford as a powerful winter storm is expected to affect the region starting Thursday night and lasting into Saturday morning.
The storm system will bring with it heavy snow, sleet and damaging winds — with gusts blowing up in excess of 60 miles per hour.
"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."
Tonight: A chance of snow after midnight. Cloudy, with a low around 23. East wind 7 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50 percent. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
Friday: Snow before noon, then rain. The rain and snow could be heavy at times. High near 37. Breezy, with a east wind 11 to 16 mph increasing to 17 to 22 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 33 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100 percent. New snow accumulation of around an inch possible.
Friday Night: Rain and snow, becoming all snow after 9 p.m. The rain and snow could be heavy at times. Low around 23. Windy, with a north wind 25 to 34 mph, with gusts as high as 55 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100 percent. New snow accumulation of 10 to 16 inches possible.
Saturday: Snow with areas of blowing snow before noon, then a chance of snow between noon and 3 p.m., then a slight chance of snow after 3 p.m. The snow could be heavy at times. High near 29. Windy, with a north wind 24 to 33 mph, with gusts as high as 60 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80 percent.
Saturday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 13. Blustery.