Fairfield's emergency management officials began meeting Thursday morning to make plans for a winter storm expected to sock the region beginning Friday, leaving in its wake as much as 1 to 2 feet of snow in its wake by the time it ends Saturday afternoon.

First Selectman Michael Tetreau and the rest of the emergency management team issued the following safety tips in advance of the storm:

- Because of the potential severity of the storm, residents should stock up in advance on last-minute supplies and fuel.

- People are asked to avoid parking on the street in order to allow public works crews access to clear the snow more safely and efficiently.

- Officials ask that neighbor checks, particularly on the elderly or infirm, be made whenever possible, especially in the event of power outages caused by the storm.

- All residents and merchants are asked to limit travel beginning late Thursday evening through Saturday during duration of the storm.

"Our Emergency Management Team is monitoring this storm closely," Tetreau said in a statement. "It is still too early to tell the exact timing and impact on our town, but whenever the storm hits we will be ready to respond."

He added that officials are prepared to react to changing conditions, and will open emergency shelters should the need arise.

Deputy Fire Chief Art Reid, the town's emergency manager, said the message on the town's emergency information line has been updated as follows: "A nor'easter affecting New England tomorrow will bring heavy snow, high winds and some coastal flooding during the high tide at 9:45 p.m. Friday night.

"Fairfield Beach residents particularly on Fairfield Beach Road should move vehicles to high ground during the high tide. Power outages due to wind may occur. All residents should park vehicles off public roads if possible to assist public works to clear streets. Residents should stay off the roads if possible during and after the storm until roads are clear. This message will be updated as necessary throughout the event."

To keep up to date on developments during the storm, the public should call the storm hotline at 203-254-4899 or check the town website, http://www.fairfieldct.org