With a blizzard in the forecast for Thursday, Jan. 4, and bitter-cold temperatures expected to return Friday and continue through the weekend, many offices, as well as all Midcoast schools, are closing. As of 9 a.m. Thursday, the following closings and cancellations had been received for Thursday, Jan. 4:

In addition, the city of Rockland has announced an emergency parking ban on city streets or parking lots from 9 p.m. Thursday night, Jan. 4 through 6 a.m. Friday. Vehicles that are left on the street during that time will be ticketed and towed at the owners' expense.

Rockland's fire chief announced that Marie "Sis" Reed Park at the end of the Samoset Road, and the Rockland Breakwater are closed because of the high tides and waves. The closure is until further notice.

"Always be very cautious when near the ocean and be aware of high surf, massive waves, and rip tides," Chief Chris Whytock said.

All five Green with Envy Salon locations in Camden, Rockland, Belfast, Rockland and Augusta are closed.

The Waldoboro Public Library is closed.

All state offices are closed.

Knox County Administrative Offices, Knox County Superior Court and Rockland District Court are all closed.

Sweet Tree Arts/Sweetland School in Hope is closed.

The Rockport Town Office is closed.

The Waldoboro Town Office is closed.

The Hope Town Office is closed.

The Camden Town Office is closed.

The RSU 13 School Board meeting is canceled.

The Rockland Transfer Station is closed.

Mid-Coast Solid Waste will close at 11 a.m.

The Warren Town Office will close at 11 a.m.

The Warren Transfer Station and Warren Library are both closed.

Appleton Town Office will be closing at 11:30 a.m.

The Lincolnville Town Office is closed.

The Poets Corner gathering at Rockport Public Library has been postponed to next Thursday, Jan. 11.

Penobscot Bay Medical Center emergency department and inpatient units will remain open for the duration of the storm. All hospital-based outpatient services and physician practices will be closed Jan. 4, open as usual Jan. 5.

The Maine Legislature is closed Jan. 4.

Due to the Jan. 4 storm and aftermath, Jan. 5'sĀ Peter Paton's Comedy, Variety & Music Show at the Rockport Opera House is postponed to a date to be announced.

TheĀ Islesboro Community Center has been designated a warming center by the Waldo County EMA.

The South Thomaston Town Office is closed.

All Red Cross blood drives scheduled for Jan. 4 are canceled.

For additional closures and cancellations, click here.

Meteorologist Tyler Southard's forecast calls for light snow to begin across the Midcoast between daybreak and 8 a.m. Thursday morning and become steadier during the mid- to late morning. Winds will start out of the northeast between 5 and 15 miles per hour around sunrise and increase to 15 to 25 mph by noon. A coating to 2 inches of snow will be possible during this period.

As we head into the afternoon, Southard said, conditions will deteriorate quickly, so travel will not be advised, with low visibility and blowing and drifting heavy snow. This will likely be the strongest period of wind for the storm. Snow will become heavy, with sustained northeast winds increasing to 20 to 40 mph, with gusts between 40 and 65 mph. The strongest winds will be measured along the immediate coast and higher elevations of the coastal foothills. It is possible that hurricane-force wind gusts between of 70 to 80 mph could be produced for the peninsulas of the Midcoast and outer islands. Blizzard conditions will be possible during this time, which means winds sustained or frequent gusts of 35 mph and visibility less than a quarter-mile for at least three consecutive hours. 4 to 7 inches of snow will be possible during this period.

For Southard's full forecast, click here.

Knox County Emergency Management Agency Director Ray Sisk said in a Jan. 3 press release that public works crews and MeDOT are ready to get to work. Emergency responders are also finishing up pre storm preps.

The majority of Knox County towns have made arrangements for or are currently operating warming centers. Their availability during the storm may be subject to weather conditions. Check Knox County EMA social media pages, your Town EMA Director or call 2-1-1 Maine for latest info on what is open, and where. The American Red Cross is on standby to assist with larger scale overnight emergency sheltering if necessary. For the Maine Emergency Manaagement Agency's list of warming shelters, click here. MEMA has announced that the state Emergency Operations Center will partially activate at noon Thursday.

Because of the likelihood of sustained high winds, power outages are possible. Residents are reminded never to touch downed power lines. As of 4:45 p.m.. Jan. 4, Central Maine Power reported 4,284 customers without power, of which 58 were in Knox County, 3,454 were in Lincoln County and 213 were in Waldo County.