A balloon launch event scheduled for today (Dec. 26) to memorialize the students and staff who died in a Dec. 14 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. has been canceled due to the snowy weather, according to the event's organizer.

A winter storm warning is in effect for the area through Thursday, Dec. 27, at 7 a.m. A total of 5 to 8 inches of snow along with wind gusts up to 30 miles per hour are expected.

Melodee Mallicoat told the Falls News-Press she is planning to re-schedule the event, which was slated to happen this afternoon at the soccer field at the former Sill Middle School building.