UPDATE 10:17 p.m.: The Town of West Hartford has issued a Parking Ban which begins at 5 a.m. Saturday and will be in effect until further notice.
Thursday night's dusting was just a prelude to a larger storm which is forecast to coat the region with 4-8 inches of snow.
A winter weather advisory takes effect beginning at 2 a.m., with snow continuing throughout Saturday. High temperatures are forecast to reach only 25° on Saturday, so melting is unlikely. North winds at 5-10 miles per hour are expected.
Attendant hazards, including quick accumulation, slippery walking and driving surfaces due to ice and snow and drops in visibility to between half of a mile and a quarter of a mile are also expected during the storm.
While the National Weather Service warns that “the greatest risk for heavy snowfall” is in the local area, the weather system itself is still located over the northern Rocky Mountains.
“…A lot can change as the storm tracks across the country today and tonight before reaching southern New England [on] Saturday,” the NWS’ hazardous weather outlook advised.
The winter weather advisory covers a large swath of southern New England, including much of western Massachusetts and Rhode Island along with northern Connecticut.
More bad weather is in the forecast for Sunday night (a wintry mix) and Monday (freezing rain).
Relief from the accumulated snow and ice may come in the form of high temperatures predicted to be above 40°F on Monday and Tuesday.
The Department of Motor Vehicle has announced it will not hold road tests Saturday.
Check back for updates regarding cancellations, parking bans, and other important details.