(OCEAN CITY, Md.)- Ocean City is under a Winter Storm Warning, effective Thursday at 6 a.m. until until midnight.

Snowfall and sleet accumulations are expected to reach between 3 to 6 inches, with north winds averaging 15 to 20 miles per hour, with gusts reaching 25-30 miles per hour.

According to the National Weather Service in Wakefield, VA, Ocean City will experience snow and sleet. The projected wintry mix will begin late Thursday morning and last throughout the evening hours.

Rain will mix with sleet by early Thursday morning, transitioning to a mix of snow and sleet by the late morning.

By mid-afternoon, the precipitation will become all snow, lasting until the early evening.

The Town of Ocean City's Winter Storm Plan is in effect and the Emergency Management personnel are continuing to monitor the storm. Due to the combination of heavy snow, gusty winds and very cold temperatures, travel is strongly discouraged late today and tonight.

The National Weather Service is calling for freezing rain early tomorrow morning, which will transition to a heavy, wet snow Thursday afternoon. Accumulations are expected to range between three to five inches for the Lower Eastern Shore.

The heaviest snow accumulations are expected to take place between midday Thursday into Thursday evening. Those who must venture out onto area roadways are warned to exercise extreme caution, as icy roadway conditions and periods of low visibility will make driving hazardous.

WCES cautions that hypothermia can occur quickly when exposed to low temperatures. Bundle up if headed outdoors.

Wear layers of lightweight clothing that can be added to or removed as needed and protect extremities by wearing gloves and hats. Be sure to protect pets from the cold as well by bringing them indoors and providing them with access to unfrozen water.