LOWELL -- The National Weather Service expects some snow to help ring in the new year Wednesday night into Thursday morning, but whether it's a little snow or a lot of snow remains to be seen.

A winter storm that will reach this area late Wednesday night into Thursday could dump anywhere from 2 to 12 inches of snow on the region depending on how far from the coast the storm is when as it moves northeast, according to National Weather Service Meteorologist Matthew Belk.

The storm has plenty of moisture and power, but forecasters remain uncertain whether it will take a more northerly path near the coast, or remain farther south and away from the coast.

"That will have a huge impact, particularly up in Lowell," Belk said. "If it takes the southern one you probably won't see very much, but if it's the more northern one you could see quite a bit of snow."

Belk encouraged everyone to begin planning for significant snow, and to stay tuned to the forecast as meteorologists become more confident of the path the storm will take.

"We're pretty confident there will be something," Belk said. "It's just a matter of how much something that we're trying to contend with right now."

Stay tuned.

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