An early November nor'easter brought the season's first snow locally today -- and possibly 2 to 4 inches before becoming rain and sleet, and then rain, early Thursday, the National Weather Service reports.
The speed limit on the Massachusetts Turnpike was reduced to 40 mph from the New York border to Westborough around 3 p.m., the Massachusetts Department of Transportation tweeted.
The snow began falling earlier in the afternoon, but intensified as area schools let out.
Around 6 p.m., the Department of Transportation tweeted that "Snow, ice crews now total 243 treating, plowing roadways. Light to Moderate snow. Roads wet to slush, snow covered. Scattered icing."
The National Weather Service says a light ice glaze is expected west of Interstate 95 tonight.
The agency has a winter weather advisory in effect for Central Massachusetts, among other regions, until 7 a.m. Thursday.
A wind advisory is in effect until 6 a.m., the region could see gusts approaching 35 mph, the agency says. Isolated power outages are possible as a result, the weather service says.