Some parts of Bay State face snowy night, but most will see little impact, forecasters say

Several inches of snow are expected to start falling tonight in northwestern Massachusetts, though accumulations should remain light everywhere else, forecasters said.

“We’ll see the first flakes in mid-evening in Boston,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Bill Simpson. “There might be a bit of accumulation, but it’ll wash out with rain overnight.”

Between 1 and 3 inches should fall north of Route 2 tonight. Snow should transition to rain overnight and continue through mid-morning Thursday.

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Today will be mostly sunny and cool. High temperatures will reach the high 30s and low 40s, just below average for this time over year. Temperatures should drop to to the low to mid-30s this evening as some flurries begin to fall.

Snow should change to rain after 2 a.m. Thursday. Showers should peter out before noon, forecasters said. Skies should be partly cloudy, with high temperatures climbing to the high 40s and even 50 in some areas before dropping into the 20s and low 30s overnight.

Sunny skies will return Friday, with high temperatures in the low to mid-40s. Clouds will arrive in the evening as temperatures drop to the high 20s and low 30s.

“A warm front will come through this weekend, so we should warm up into the 40s and see some showers Saturday,” Simpson said.

Rain should begin by mid-morning and continue through the afternoon. High temperatures will reach 50 in some areas. Partly cloudy skies will move in overnight as temperatures sink back to the high 20s and low 30s.

Sunday will be partly sunny and a bit cooler, with highs in the high 30s and low 40s. Skies should become cloudy in the evening, with temperatures dropping into the teens, with the lower 20s along the coast.