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Forecast: Wintry Precipitation Due This Afternoon

David Epstein's snowfall predictions as of 6 a.m. Wednesday morning.

David Epstein’s snowfall predictions as of 6 a.m. Wednesday morning.

BOSTON — A bright start to the day doesn’t mean it’s going to be storm free. A fast-moving system headed east will bring more inclement weather to the area this afternoon and evening.

Across the northern parts of Middlesex and Worcester counties it will be cold enough for some wintry precipitation. Snow, sleet and even freezing rain could make travel thick this afternoon north of Route 2 and into southern New Hampshire.

In metro Boston and across the rest of southern New England a period of rain with a quarter to half an inch of water will occur this afternoon. The rain begins between 1 and 3 p.m. and then ends a few hours later. The evening commute won’t be anything like last night, but the rain will create slow travel again.

It does fall below freezing tonight so there will be a freezing of any standing water.

Thursday is my pick of the week with highs in the lower and middle 40s. More rain is back Friday with even milder temperatures melting some of the deep snow.

After a seasonable and storm free weekend, arctic air returns for next week.

Wednesday: Sunshine for a few hours this morning but then becoming cloudy. Rain after 1 p.m. in most places but 1 to 3 inches of snow, sleet and a bit of freezing rain for northern Worcester and the extreme northern section of Middlesex counties.

Wednesday night: Showers end early this evening. Then clearing and colder with lows of 25 to 31.

Thursday: Sunny and spring-like. Highs of 40 to 45.

Friday: Showers, breezy and mild. Highs of 45 in the northern part of the state and nearing 52 in Boston and Cape Cod.

Saturday: Mostly sunny with a high near 47.

Sunday: Partly sunny with a high near 41.

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