(NORTH SALEM, N.Y.)--New York State Police are urging motorists to use extreme caution if they have to travel the roadways tomorrow (Thursday) during the first expected winter storm of the new year.

A winter weather warning has been posted from midnight tonight until 6 p.m. Thursday for North Salem and other points throughout Westchester and the tri-state area.

Forecasters say heavy snow, coupled with high winds with gusts of up to 35 miles per hour, could make travel treacherous. Blowing and drifting snow is possible, along with possible local power outages.

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 The forecast is calling for snow, mainly after 3 a.m., as temperatures plummet to around 26. With the wind chill factored in, it will feel between 15 and 20 degrees, according to forecasters. Could see 1-2 inches of snow overnight.

For Thursday, snow, mainly before 3 p.m., could be heavy at times. New snow accumulation of 7-11 inches possible.

The snow is expected to clear out by Thursday night, with clearing skies overnight and a low around 12.

State Police say motorists are encouraged to avoid all unnecessary travel.

For tips on how to prepare for the storm, visit http://www.redcross.org/get-help/prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/winter-storm