Claudia Staten, of Kingston, called the 4 inches on the ground in her town south of Boston "nuisance snow."
"I'm ready for spring," said Staten, who took a train to work Tuesday to her job as a public service manager for the Massachusetts Bar Association. "November, December and January were fine. It was a tease because winter has been here for the last six weeks."
Forecasts called for as much as 16 inches of snow in parts of northern New England through Wednesday morning.
The snow Tuesday was mixed with sleet farther south. Boston got 7 inches, and the Providence, R.I., area around 3 inches. Hartford, Conn., got about 4.
In north central Massachusetts and adjacent areas of southern New Hampshire, about 15 inches fell by Tuesday evening.
The forecast said Portland, Maine, and Corcord, N.H., could get 10-14 inches through Tuesday night. Areas around Montpelier, Vt., were expecting 10 to 18 inches.
Colder than normal weather is likely on tap for at least another week, as air flows into the region from the north, instead of the south, said Dunham, the meteorologist.
Some welcomed the storm, which could extend the ski season. Just a year ago this week, temperatures hit the 80s, prompting skiers in Maine to strip down to shorts and bikini tops and forcing an end to the season at many mountains.
"It's fantastic. What a difference a year makes," said Sue Parker, spokeswoman for Ski West Mountain in Queensbury, N.Y., about 50 miles north of Albany.
Contributing to this report were Associated Press writers Denise Lavoie in Boston; Clarke Canfield in Portland, Maine; Lisa Rathke in Montpelier, Vt., Morgan True in Concord, N.H., and Chris Carola in Albany, N.Y.