The work week began with light snow on Monday, following a seasonably warm weekend. Now, far more snow is being forecast for late Tuesday night Wednesday, with as much as a foot of snow possible for the Lowell and Fitcburg areas.

The National Weather Service is estimating 6-12 inches for Lowell and 7-13 for Fitchburg, and has issued a winter storm watch starting midnight at the start of the day Wednesday through 6 p.m. that day. Much of Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut and Rhode Island have been issued the storm watch.

"Everyone is going to get quite a bit of snow, it looks like," said Eleanor Vallier-Talbot, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service's office in Taunton.

Wednesday's morning commute is expected to be especially slow because of the storm. Snow could be falling at a rate of an inch an hour at that time.

"The morning commute is going to be awful," Vallier-Talbot said.

Snow is expected to be heavy and wet, with snow mixing with freezing rain south of the Massachusetts Turnpike.

Whatever snow falls will likely be staying awhile. Temperatures are expected to stay below freezing through Monday, according to the National Weather Service. A chance of snow is also forecast for Sunday and Monday.

As far as how much snow could come with that storm, Vallier-Talbot said it's still too soon to tell.

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