The New Milford Public Works Department has declared a snow emergency in response to the National Weather Service's prediction for a major winter snow storm/blizzard affecting the entire state from now through Wednesday.

The declaration refers to designated posted streets for the purpose of removing snow or ice that has accumulated or is anticipated to accumulate.

The ban is in effect to ensure public safety by allowing the department to effectively and quickly clear the town streets of snow and ice.

Alternate parking is available in the posted lot along Church Street, behind town hall.

Additional parking is also available in the Patriots' Way lot on the west side of the railroad tracks, and along the rear fence behind the Richmond Citizen Center.

Due to the amount of snow forecast for this storm, the town has decided to close the two crossovers on the Village Green for use as temporary snow storage.

These areas will be cleared as time permits.

There is a possibility of widespread power outages. CL & P is cautioning it could take several days to restore power, according to a press release issued by New Milford Mayor Pat Murphy.

Residents are urged to be prepared in the event they experience a loss of power.

Outages should be reported to CL & P at 800-286-2000 or by visiting www.cl-p.com.

Residents are urged to remain home, avoid driving and to be prepared by having a three-day supply of water, a three-day supply of food and a flashlight and extra batteries in case of power outages.

If sheltering facilities need to be opened due to power outages, the location of the shelters and other information will be available by calling 211.

Residents are reminded not to use outdoor grills or fire pits inside one's home for heat or cooking. Doing so would create an extremely hazardous situation, including a buildup of carbon monoxide and potential for fire.