Bitter Chill to Follow

January 30, 2019 GMT

LOWELL -- Snow will turn to bitter cold over the next two days, according to the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency.

Starting Tuesday afternoon, snow is expected to spread across the state and to northern Connecticut, reaching eastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island around 6 or 7 p.m.

The National Weather Service predicts snowfall north of the Massachusetts Turnpike and Route 128, with accumulations of one to two inches in Bedford. The city of Fitchburg is projected to see four to six inches of snow.

South of these roads, precipitation is expect to be mostly rain.

Precipitation is predicted to end between 2 and 5 a.m. on Wednesday, offering dry weather for the Wednesday morning commute, according to the National Weather Service.

Scattered squalls are expected to begin between 3 and 7 p.m. on Wednesday. According to the National Weather Service, these squalls will bring brief, heavy snowfall and high winds creating near white-out conditions and hazardous travel conditions for the Wednesday evening commute.

High winds and plummeting temperatures will create wind chills of between 10 and 25 degrees below zero late Wednesday night and into Thursday morning, according to the National Weather Service.

The agency expects to issue Wind Chill Advisories for a “good portion of the region” with possible Wind Chill Warnings for higher elevations in the state.

Temperatures are predicted to moderate over the weekend.