As the area prepares for significant snowfall through Friday, town officials say they are prepared.

"We are now in the prep mode for the storm," said Stephen Edwards, the public works director.

He said his crews have gone through all their check lists and are ready. "Hopefully, it will blow out to sea," Edwards added at midday Thursday.

He said crews hit the streets at 4 a.m. Thursday to put down salt to melt the morning's snow. In particular, he said, the preventive effort was carried out because schools are expected to be in full session Thursday.

But school officials said it's not sure what will happen when the heavier snow is expected later Thursday.

Blustery winds, with snow of between 4 to 8 inches, is expected to sock southwestern Connecticut overnight, according to the National Weather Service. More snow is expected Friday morning.

School officials said a decision on delaying or closing schools Friday will be made tomorrow morning.