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Predicted Snow Causing Havoc on Weekend Happenings

Though forecasts vary widely, a storm is headed our way and it's putting a damper on weekend programming.

Updated Friday, Oct. 28, 3:15 p.m.

Could trick or treaters be tromping through snow on Monday night? Though it’s not happened in recent memory, a strong, early winter storm is headed our way, threatening to bring some rare October snow.

Forecasters are predicting a mix of rain and snow starting Saturday night and ending in the early morning. The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning Saturday with significant accumulation expected. NBC Connecticut is calling for 6 to 12 inches in our area.

For local event planners, the unknown and unexpected weekend weather is already creating havoc.

Joanne Kelleher, press contact for the band, said marching band competition has been cancelled for Saturday as a result of the strange outcome.

Kelleher said the bands were expecting to play rain or shine, but dropping temperatures and the threat of accumulating snow has left them with no choice.

Those who were expecting to attend the first-ever are also on notice after organizers said Friday that they are closely monitoring the situation and will make a decision by noon Saturday. committee member Michael Riccio said if the event had to be canceled, there would be no make-up date.

The decisions will be posted by noon Saturday on their Facebook page as well as on the Southington Drive-In website. Both can be accessed by clicking on the links provided.

"We are getting bombarded with phone and email because of the weather and we are trying to get it as public as possible. It looks like we may have to cancel, which is too bad because from what we are hearing, it was going to be a great
night for the kids," Riccio said.

Others will move forward with events as planned, including scheduled for daytime Saturday.

Although it's early in the season, town officials said they are prepared to clear roads and make sure those who have to travel remain safe. Of course if you can stay inside, you should plan to do so.

If there is some cool snow accumulation, share your pictures with us. We'll start a gallery when the snow flies.

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