CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – With high wind and rain coming to Western Massachusetts for the end of the week, Eversource says they are closely monitoring weather forecasts and planning accordingly.

Strong winds and rain can easily bring down trees and tree limbs onto power lines causing outages. The energy company says their crews are preparing equipment and vehicles now, so they can quickly respond when there’s a need. Eversource reminds customers to always stay clear of downed wires and to report them immediately.

“We recognize the timing of this storm, right before Christmas, is less than ideal and we’re taking all necessary actions now so our team is ready to respond to whatever this storm may bring,” said Eversource President of Regional Electric Operations Craig Hallstrom. “We’ll have crews prepositioned at our work centers throughout the state before the storm hits so they can immediately get to any damaged locations and restore power as quickly as possible. Our employees who work in the field and behind the scenes are ready to give up their holiday time off to ensure that our customers can enjoy their Christmas weekend.”

The National Weather Service warned western Massachusetts to expect wind gusts up to 50mph and watch for some power outages due to the storm. While the eastern part of Massachusetts is expected to see the brunt of it, the storm is expected to last from Thursday night into Saturday, making the Friday commute in both directions difficult at best.

Franklin County Fire Departments are warning against a possible “flash freeze” coming Friday. The Warwick Fire Department also warned residents to secure objects and watch for tree limbs that might fall due to the wind. Drivers during this time should be extra cautious.