The city is preparing to battle what the National Weather Service is calling a historic early season snowstorm that could drop between 4 and 10 inches on the area this weekend.
"We are ready for the storm," said Public Works Director Bob Bass Saturday. "Our trucks have their plows on them, product is on them ready to spread as needed and the guys will be called in depending on what time the storm starts."
National Weather Service predictions said early afternoon rain would turn into a rain/snow mix by 2 p.m. Saturday, dropping 1-2 inches of snow during the day, and a possibility of 4 - 8 more inches before Sunday daybreak.
Those in Meriden saw snow begin to fall at around noon Saturday.
Winds could hit 47 miles per hour tonight, which combined with heavy snow could take down trees and power lines.
"(Trees) will be removed as quickly as possible to keep roads open and to address power outages as they occur," Bass said.
South Meriden Volunteer Fire Chief Keith Gordon asks that residents stay away from any downed power lines for their own safety.
For more storm tips, see from CL&P.