This is the day that many people have been waiting for since March 8, when the last measurable snowfall fell over the region.
For others, there was a deep sigh Tuesday morning and a sense of "here we go again.''
Heavy, wet snow began falling in southwestern Connecticut at 7:30 a.m., and soon it was sticking to the grass and coating the roads.
But the timing of the brunt of the storm -- at the end of the morning commute and before the evening exodus began -- minimized the impact on traffic.
The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory for the region, calling for 2 to 5 inches of snow over a widespread area, with the heaviest snow along the coast and the possibility of higher amounts where heavy snow banding occurs.
Schools were closed in advance of the storm in Ansonia, Bethel, Brookfield, Danbury, Darien, Derby, Easton, Greenwich, Monroe, New Canaan, New Milford, Newtown, Norwalk, Oxford, Redding, Ridgefield, Seymour, Shelton, Trumbull and Westport.
Parochial schools in the Diocese of Bridgeport including St. Joseph in Trumbull and state technical high schools including Bullard-Havens in Bridgeport were also closed. Several private schools including Greens Farms Academy in Westport and Christian Heritage in Trumbull also decided not to hold classes on Tuesday.
A few area school districts, including Milford, opted for early dismissal instead.
Metro-North Railroad advised patrons that platforms and ramps could be slick and to use caution boarding and exiting trains.
State Police had reported 45 accidents by 9 a.m., due to slippery roads and bridges, with the bulk of the storm still to come.
The National Weather Service reported that Bridgeport had received 1.5 inches of snow by 1 p.m., when the storm had tapered off.
Temperatures were still above freezing when the snow started falling; it was 36 degrees in Bridgeport at 7 a.m. WTNH meteorologist Gil Simmons said that the heaviest snow would fall between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
The Storm Prediction Center was calling for snowfall rates of an inch or more an hour, especially along and southeast of I-84, forecaster Quincy Vagell said.