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Winter weather makes a return

State may see up to a foot of snow

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The National Weather Service said almost every part of the state would be affected by the storm.

Welcome back, Old Man Winter. It’s been a while.

The unseasonably mild temperatures in Massachusetts were interrupted yesterday with a storm that was expected to bring 4 to 8 inches of snow to the Boston area through today and up to a foot in some parts of the state.

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This morning’s commute in the Boston area will likely be difficult, the National Weather Service in Taunton said, due to the snow and slick roads, and motorists should allow extra time for travel.

Weather service meteorologist Kim Buttrick said by phone that almost every part of the state will be affected by the storm.

“The southern zone will be rain, south of the Mass. Pike will be a wintry mix, and north of the Mass. Pike will be all snow,’’ Buttrick said.

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Up to a foot of snow is expected in parts of Western and Central Massachusetts, while the northeastern part of the state could see up to 8 inches, the weather service said.

Two to 4 inches were forecast last night for Plymouth County in Southeastern Massachusetts, and Cape Cod was expected to get an inch or less.

In Boston, the city’s Public Works Department pretreated roads and readied snow removal equipment yesterday, Mayor Thomas M. Menino’s press office said.

“We’ve enjoyed a mild winter so far, but the season is not over yet,’’ Menino said in a statement. “The city is preparing for winter weather, and we’re asking residents and commuters to do the same, particularly during the evening and early morning commuting hours.’’

The city is urging residents to shovel out sidewalks and stairs, shovel out hydrants and catch basins abutting their property, use public transportation if possible today, and check on their elderly neighbors who may need help.

As of last evening, all Boston public schools were scheduled to open today, a spokesman said.

Joe Pesaturo, a spokesman for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, said the agency will run trains without passengers on all lines overnight to prevent snow and ice from building up.

He said crews will work to maintain regularly scheduled service this morning, and he urged riders to visit the MBTA’s winter advisory web page at mbta.com/winter for service announcements.

State Department of Transportation workers were treating and plowing roads yesterday, and while no road closures were anticipated last night, State Police lowered the speed limit to 40 miles per hour on Interstate 90 from the New York border to Millbury.

Police also put a restriction on tandem trailers and propane tankers, according to a Transportation spokeswoman.

No serious accidents were reported as of 7 p.m., a State Police spokesman said.

Phil Orlandella, a spokesman for Logan International Airport, said there were no plans last night to close the airport today, but travelers should check with their airlines about flight status. Information is also available on airport’s website.

Globe correspondent Alli Knothe contributed to this report. She can be reached at aknothe@globe.com. Travis Andersen can be reached at tandersen@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @TAGlobe.
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