Wakefield resident Jon Pinkney photographed the Square early Sunday morning.

Published December 11, 2017 edition.

WAKEFIELD — With temperatures hovering around freezing, the area was hit with the first storm of the winter season Saturday. It dropped about six and a half inches of fairly heavy snow on Wakefield, and residents spent time Saturday night and yesterday digging out.

The DPW called its crews in around noon on Saturday as the storm started to pick up in intensity. Thirty-seven department members worked for roughly the next 20 hours treating then plowing streets. The town also used 44 private pieces of snow removal equipment.

Carol Antonelli, the DPW’s Business/Operations manager, said the department encountered very few problems with the exception of people not heeding the “robo-call” telling them not to park on Wakefield streets as the storm approached.

Some vehicles were towed while owners moved others impeding snow removal when asked to by plow drivers.

The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory for much of southern New England that took effect Saturday morning and lasted until Sunday.

Most areas including Boston, Providence, Rhode Island and Hartford, Connecticut were forecast to get 3 to 6 inches, with the potential for 8 inches in central Massachusetts

Coastal areas got less snow with rain mixing in on Cape Cod and the Islands.

Much of Maine and New Hampshire was expected to see several inches of snow from Saturday afternoon into early Sunday. For New Hampshire, it was the first widespread snowfall of the season, with anywhere from a trace to up to 5 inches forecast. There was a small chance of snow in Vermont.