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Rain, warmer temperatures expected Monday

Rain and warming temperatures will turn mountains of snow across the state into slush, causing a soggy commute Monday morning.

But Bill Simpson, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Taunton, urges residents not to worry about extreme flooding, even as the region braces for a half inch of rain into the evening Monday and then again on Tuesday night into Wednesday.

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Packs of snow clogging sidewalks and narrowing streets will absorb the downpour, he said. But Simpson warned that blocked drainage areas -- not cleared by plowers -- could pose “ponding” problems as the temperature rises, and icing as the temperature falls at night.

“Tomorrow morning’s commute might be a little bit hairy in a sense that we are going to fall below freezing and then we are going to get some rain on top of that. The ground might still be frozen as we get below freezing. We are going to get some rain on top of that, so there could be some travel issues in the morning.”

The rest of the week is expected to get warmer until Wednesday.

Temperatures are expected to hover around the mid-30s on Sunday and then dip to the lower 20s in the evening, Simpson said.

Temperatures will climb back to lower 40s Monday and then drop again at night. The high on Tuesday will hit the mid-30s, but Wednesday morning temperatures will drop again, Simpson said.

Late this week, Simpson said expect some more showers Friday night into Saturday. And he dismissed predictions of more snow by the weekend, saying it is too early to tell.

“It will be a nice snow melt for the week,’’ Simpson said.

Meghan Irons can be reached at mirons@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @meghanirons.
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