Snowfall has passed 9 inches in Littleton and Wilmington, and hit 8 inches or more in Chelmsford, Tyngsboro in Pepperell, according to figures provided by the National Weather Service as of the early afternoon.

The worst of the storm hit around and just after the morning commute and has since tapered off. An inch or more of snow an hour was falling across greater Lowell Wednesday morning.

Nearly every school district and college in the Lowell area canceled classes for the day. The state also kept non-emergency executive branch workers home for the day.

The Lowell area has been forecasted to get 8-12 inches, according to the National Weather Service.

Terry Holbein shovels out the driveway on Center Road in Shirley on Wednesday morning
Terry Holbein shovels out the driveway on Center Road in Shirley on Wednesday morning (SUN/JOHN LOVE)
Most of southern New England was issued a Winter Storm Watch for Wednesday until 6 p.m., with the worst expected to fall between 4 a.m. and noon.

The largest snowfall totals so far are in central and western Massachusetts and Connecticut. The central Massachusetts town of Warren received 12 inches, as did the town of Granby, just north of Springfield.

The snow doesn't appear to be as heavy and wet as meteorologists forecasted. National Grid did not report any storm-related outages in the Lowell area as of shortly before 1 p.m.

The snow that falls will be staying a while. Subfreezing temperatures are expected to follow all the way through Monday, the Weather Service is forecasting.


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The Weather Channel was stationed outside Lowell City Hall for a morning report and expected to be in the city through most of the day. Meteorologist Mike Seidel told The Sun that 2.5 inches had fallen in Lowell in just the first two hours and 15 minutes of the storm.

"At least it's not as cold as it was in the last storms," he said.

Forecasters are already looking ahead to a storm that may hit Sunday and Monday.

"We're thinking it will not be a blockbuster," Seidel said.

Weather Channel meterologist Mike Seidel and his crew were reporting on the storm live from outside Lowell City Hall on Wednesday morning.
Weather Channel meterologist Mike Seidel and his crew were reporting on the storm live from outside Lowell City Hall on Wednesday morning. (SUN/GRANT WELKER)