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Snowy day arrives, thaw right behind

 Dempsey, a 6- month-old West Highland Terrier, played with a deflated soccer ball as light snow fell in the South End on Saturday.

Essdras M Suarez/ Globe Staff

Dempsey, a 6- month-old West Highland Terrier, played with a deflated soccer ball as light snow fell in the South End on Saturday.

After light snow dusted the state Saturday morning and chilly rain was expected into the evening, more spring-like weather lies ahead, according to a forecast from the National Weather Service.

Sunday is expected to be dry with partly cloudy skies and highs around 56. Come nightfall, showers are likely again, and temperatures will dip into the mid-40s.

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Warm temperatures will continue into the week, with highs in the mid-50s Monday, the forecast said. Monday night is expected to be mostly clear with lows around 40.

Tuesday looks like the warmest day ahead, with partly sunny skies and highs of about 58. On Tuesday night, there is a 30 percent chance of rain. On Wednesday, there is a 40 percent chance of rain with a high of 47 expected.

On Saturday, snow accumulation totalled about half an inch in the Boston area and eastern regions, and an inch in the western part of the state, said Charlie Foley, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Taunton. Snow started in Boston about 7 a.m.

“The snow is relatively widespread, but it is light,” said Bob Thompson, another weather service meteorologist.

Before Saturday, .4 inchesof snow had fallen in Boston this season, Thompson said, with heavier snow in the west — Worcester hashad 7.8 inches.

On Saturday evening, the National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory for Franklin, Worcester, Hampshire, and Middlesex counties and for all of New Hampshire and Maine. Light snow and freezing drizzle came down on these areas into the early morning hours, and slippery conditions, including icing, were expected to occur.

In Boston, there was a chance of mixed precipitation until 7 p.m. with a 50 percent chance of rain later, according to the forecast. Temperatures were expected to drop to 35.

Chris Stuck-Girard can be reached at

This story mistakenly stated in an earlier version that Sunday’s Patriots-Dolphins game would be in Foxborough. The game was in Miami.

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