PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Southern New England is gearing up for a major winter storm this weekend.

While it is still too early to determine the storm’s track and intensity, the Pinpoint Weather 12 team predicts it will dump a significant amount of snow on the region starting late Friday night.

The snow will likely turn steadier during the overnight hours and into Saturday morning. Paired with strong wind gusts, this could lead to whiteout conditions on the roadways, making travel difficult at times.

A Winter Storm Watch has been issued for midnight Saturday and will remain in effect throughout the duration of the storm, which is expected to wind down later that night.

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The storm’s strong winds may lead to a number of power outages and damage reports across the region.

National Grid tells 12 News the utility has been closely monitoring the storm and have been actively preparing for any potential outages.

“We will continue to refine our preparations as the forecast gains confidence over the next few days,” a spokesperson said in a statement.

To report an outage, call National Grid at 1-800-465-1212, Eversource at 1-800-592-2000, the Pascoag Utility District at (401) 568-6222, or the Block Island Utility District at (401) 466-5851.

Several communities have already issued parking bans ahead of the storm, including Bristol, Burrillville, Pawtucket, Providence, Warren and Woonsocket.

It’s possible a number of scheduled arrivals and departures from T.F. Green Airport will be delayed or canceled, so be sure to check the Pinpoint Flight Tracker for updates.

There are plenty of safety precautions that should be taken prior to, during and after a winter storm hits.

Here are some winter storm safety resources compiled by the American Red Cross:

AAA Northeast also suggests people who have to leave their homes during the storm ensure their cars are tuned up ahead of time and put together an emergency road kit just in case.

“More than 40% of motorists do not carry an emergency kit in their vehicle,” AAA Northeast’s Mary Maguire said. “Drivers attempting to brave bad weather should remain cautious and always be prepared by packing an emergency roadside kit.”

Maguire is also reminding everyone who has to go out to drive cautiously, especially with whiteout conditions likely.

“There are a disproportionate number of crashes this time of year involving bad weather and winter storms,” she said. “By being vigilant behind the wheel, motorists can help to reduce the number of crashes and fatalities.”

Click here for AAA Northeast’s winter driving safety tips »

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