"It's going to be a pretty bitter cold event," he said.
That means the snow should be light and fluffy throughout most of the area. Wind chills are expected to drop below zero later today in Southern New Hampshire.
There could be some sleet and mixed precipitation along the Massachusetts coast, according to meteorologist Charles Foley in Taunton.
Public works officials in both states said they are ready for whatever Mother Nature brings their way.
"We'll do whatever we can to maintain a safe roadway for the motoring public," Russell said.
In Lawrence, acting Public Works Director John Isensee said his staff got an early start.
"We've had pre-storm meetings all morning and made calls to all of our contractors," he said yesterday. "Our city pieces (of equipment) are all ready."
He said snowfall will be closely monitored throughout the storm, and up to 85 plows and sanders are ready to roll if needed.
In Haverhill, Mayor James Fiorentini issued a winter storm advisory, asking residents to avoid parking on streets. If that's not possible, they should park on streets with even-number addresses or their vehicles could be towed so plows can pass.
Andover police also announced that drivers could have their vehicles towed if they park on the street.
Monday will be cold with temperatures in the 20s and with a chance of snow showers at night. Snow showers are also expected Tuesday with temperatures near 30, according to the National Weather Service.