Snow and ice blanketed roads and coated front yards and rooftops across the Greater New Milford area Saturday as the first significant snowstorm of the season rolled through the northeast.

Most of the storm cleared the area by early Sunday morning.

Appromximately six to eight inches of snow fell on most of the area.

Many drivers heeded warnings from officials across the state to either drive carefully or avoid the roads altogether, and road crews were out early, plowing highways and local roads.

In most areas, drivers needed to avoid parking on certain streets.

Some areas, including resorts and ski towns in northern New England, welcomed the snow and were eager to see the winter season get started.

"We have been watching (the forecast) since people first started talking about it on Monday or Tuesday," said Ethan Austin, spokesman for the Sugarloaf Ski Resort in Carrabassett Valley, Maine. "Right now it's setting up pretty well for us, so we're pretty psyched."

Meteorologist Paul Head with the National Weather Service in State College, Pa., said winds were set to pick up Sunday, presenting hazardous blowing snow for motorists.

The picture wasn't so bright for retailers, facing the prospected of a snow-dampened shopping weekend less than two weeks before Christmas.

Kathy Grannis, a spokeswoman for the National Retail Federation, said consumers likely will shop online.

"If a big storm hits around the 21st, 22nd, it will be a completely different story," Grannis said.

Hearst Connecticut staff reports; The Associated Press contributed to this report.