First Selectman Michael Tetreau declared a state of emergency in Fairfield as of 11:30 a.m. Fairfield because of the blizzard bearing down on the Northeast, and urged everyone to stay off the roads.

"Please get home and stay home as soon as possible," Tetreau said in the first "Code Red" call of the day to town residents.

Tetreau said emergency operations officials are preparing for a "very significant storm with blizzard conditions," with snow and winds intensifying over the next 24 hours. Winds on Friday night are expected to clock in at 30 to 40 mph, with gusts as strong as 60 mph, and possibly 20 inches of snow could be dumped on the town overnight.

Coastal flooding is expected around 9:45 p.m. tonight during the high-tide period, and Fairfield Beach Road residents have been urged to move their vehicles to higher ground.

The town's Emergency Operations Center has been partially activated and it will most likely be fully activated early Saturday morning, officials said.

As for utilities, United Illuminating is projecting there could be power outages affecting 10 to 50 percent of the town, with restoration possibly taking as long as two or three days.

Town officials are asking that residents check in on the elderly or those with special needs in their neighborhoods, and not to park on the streets in order to allow roads to be cleared.

If necessary, an emergency shelter for people displaced from their homes will be opened.

For non-emergencies, call 203-254-4899 for information.

To report a power outage, call 1-800-722-5584.