WESTPORT — Town officials expect to see “indirect effects” of the forecasted winter storm on Thursday, and are asking residents to be prepared.

In a release from the town’s emergency management team, First Selectman Jim Marpe is urging the public to stay off the roads to allow the Public Works Department to clear the streets, and to avoid parking cars on the street. They are also asking people to make their preparations now, and monitor local media for updated information.

Additional information can be found on the town’s website, www.westportct.gov .

The Westport Senior Center, 21 Imperial aVE., will be open as a warming center for any residents who lose heat or power. The center will be open Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., and from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday. Saturday hours will be 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Contact the center at 203-341-5099 with any questions.

Not only is Fairfield County under a winter storm watch through Thursday evening, a coastal flood advisory has also been issued for the area from 11 a.m. on Thursday until 2 p.m. The town recommends that any vehicles in flood prone areas be moved to higher ground before nightfall Wednesday.

Snowfall totals range from six to 12 inches, and wind gusts upwards of 40 to 45 mph are possible, along with temperatures hovering near zero.

Superintendent of Schools Colleen Palmer announced this afternoon that Westport Public Schools would be closed. Palmer posted to Twitter on Thursday afternoon that she was monitoring conditions before making a decision on Friday’s start time.

Residents who lose power should contact Eversource directly at 1-800-286-2000. If wires are down and creating a hazard, call 911, Marpe said, but calling 911 will not get your power restored. For all non-emergency calls, contact the Police Department at 203-341-6000 and the Fire Department at 203-342-5000.