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Here's what to expect from Monday's winter storm in Mass.

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Today’s forecast may call for the help of Sherlock Snowmes, Sled Zeppelin and the rest of MassDOT’s new, excellently named snow plows by this afternoon. Let’s kick off the week with a look at the wintry weather on the way:

The National Weather Service is forecasting that this morning’s rain will get white and fluffy by this afternoon, with moderate to heavy snow making for a slow evening commute in some parts of the state. Here’s a look at the storm’s predicted timing to changeover from rain to snow, as well as the NWS’s latest snow map.

  • All in all, Boston and Worcester should see 3 to 4 inches of accumulation when it’s all said and done, while communities along the New Hampshire border could get up to 6 inches. (Skiers, rejoice: Parts of New Hampshire and Maine will see up to a foot.)
  • Heavy, wet snow is already impacting parts of western and central Massachusetts. Worcester Public Schools and dozens of other districts have called snow days today. As of 7:45 a.m., MEMA also reported over 6,000 power outages.
  • What’s next: There’s another wintry mix of weather headed our way this week. NWS forecasters say Wednesday night could bring 3 to 5 inches of snow to Boston. But it will be followed with rain and temperatures as high as 50 degrees on Thursday.

To the rest of the news:

After this weekend’s mass shooting in Monterey Park, Boston officials say their thoughts will be with the Los Angeles suburb as the two cities host their Lunar New Year celebrations this week. “We are devastated by yet another mass shooting in our country, this time at what should have been a joyous celebration,” Boston Mayor Michelle Wu said in a statement, adding that “our national leaders must take action.”

  • The mass shooting — which took place in a predominantly Asian American community after a Lunar New Year’s eve festival — has already had some ripple effects here in Massachusetts. WBUR’s Walter Wuthmann reports that a Lunar New Year’s festival yesterday in Lowell featured extra police and private security.
  • However, Lowell organizer Kameron Xaiyavong said they never considered canceling, telling Wuthmann it was “very important to us to come out” and represent the community.

There’s a new MBTA commuter rail station! For the first time ever this morning, trains are stopping at the long-awaited Pawtucket/Central Falls station on the Providence/Stoughton line.

Save the date — and time: In-person sports betting in Massachusetts is set to officially start at 10 a.m. next Tuesday, Jan. 31. Karen Wells, the executive director of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, says the morning launch will hopefully help avoid a big rush of people at the state’s three casinos (as opposed to launching after work hours).

  • In the meantime: The Gaming Commission is meeting today with the players’ unions for the NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and MLS to discuss regulations around “athlete and family safety.”
  • Need a refresher on the sports betting rules? Read our explainer of the basics (like what you can bet on and where) here.
  • In other casino news: It looks like the MGM Springfield won’t fulfill its original promise of bringing 3,000 jobs to the area after all. With revenues way off what the casino originally projected, the CEO of MGM Resorts told Springfield officials Friday that they’re likely going to just hit 2,000 employees. (Right now, they’re at 1,440.)

P.S.— Wu is making her first appearance of 2023 on Radio Boston this morning at 11 a.m., and you can bet we have questions about her new rent control proposal and first State of the City speech this week. Have a question of your own? Send them via Twitter to @RadioBoston or by texting BOSTON to 617-766-0382.

Nik DeCosta-Klipa Twitter Newsletter Editor
Nik DeCosta-Klipa is the newsletter editor for WBUR.

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