The City of Utica has declared a snow emergency beginning at 10 p.m. tonight and continuing until further notice.

The City of Utica has declared a snow emergency beginning at 10 p.m. tonight and continuing until further notice.

While the high today is expected to be in the 60s, temperatures are expected to drop below freezing overnight, bringing several inches of snow and ice by morning.

A winter storm warning and a flood watch also have been issued for the region through Saturday, according to the National Weather Service.

As part of the snow emergency, all vehicles in Utica must be off all city streets by 10 p.m. to facilitate snow removal — even those with overnight parking permits. Vehicles left on the roads will be subject to ticketing and towing at the owner's expense.

The city also is urging motorists to avoid unnecessary travel.