BOSTON (AP) _ A storm is expected to bring as much as 8 inches of snow to parts of Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island, with smaller amounts predicted across northern New England.

The National Weather Service on Saturday issued winter storm warnings for southern New England and winter storm advisories for parts of Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.

Parking bans and cancellation are being announced.

Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency says snow will begin spreading over the state between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. and will last until 5 a.m. to 7 a.m. The heaviest snow is expected to occur along and to the south of the Massachusetts Turnpike and the north of Cape Cod.

Southern Maine and New Hampshire are expected to receive 3-5 inches while southern Vermont could get 2-4 inches.