(NECN: Josh Brogadir – Beverly, Mass.) - Roads are coated, we've seen several plows out and the snow is expected to pick up through the night.
Cars are going to need the assistance of snow brushes come morning.
On Monday night, snowflakes were falling in downtown Malden, Mass.
The city sidewalks were getting coated by snow and the streets were getting a layer of salt in advance of the worst of the storm.
The coastal snow was expected through much of New England, starting on Martin Luther King Day, already part of a three-day weekend.
High school freshman Sukhdeep Singh would like another day off, but the flip side is that he'll have to shovel.
And in Beverly, the snow was steadier, the wind stronger, the temperature colder.
Drivers negotiated Route 128 through falling flakes, including one father and son, who stopped to fill up before the drive to New Hampshire to carve some turns.
John Bain and his son were heading to Loon Mountain.
The morning commute is expected to be more of a challenge than the evening commute was on Monday.