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Commute expected to be slick for drivers in Boston

Wintry mix will hit city today

Commuters beware: A mix of snow and sleet will give way to freezing rain for a slippery drive in the Boston area Monday morning.

According to the National Weather Service, the 0.5 to 2 inches of snow expected to fall Sunday night will turn into freezing rain in time for the morning commute.

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The storm system that dumped ice and snow on the Midwest and mid-Atlantic this weekend is expected to hit the Boston area around midnight. The freezing rain should be begin falling between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m.

Storm conditions are expected to be milder in the Boston area, with accumulations below an inch. However, the storm will be more intense to the west of the city, prompting concerns about potentially icy driving conditions.

“For those in the city heading west toward Worcester, it’s going to be a tricky commute, said Weather Service meteorologist Kim Buttrick. “Freezing rain is likely to mix in and could cause hazardous road conditions.”

The Weather Service issued winter weather advisories for much of Southern New England, with snowfall totals varying by county lasting until 1 p.m. Monday. Temperatures will eventually rise above freezing, though the rain will continue for much of the day, the forecaster said.

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation will mobilize crews approximately three hours before the weather arrives.

‘For those in the city heading west toward Worcester, it’s going to be a tricky commute. Freezing rain is likely to mix in and could cause hazardous road conditions.’

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“Our salt sheds are stocked up. We are ready,” said MassDOT spokeswoman Sara Lavoie.

She said each of the six highway districts across the state will respond accordingly, depending on conditions as the weather system moves through.

The storm should clear the Boston area by Tuesday afternoon.

Matthew Higgins can be reached at matthew.higgins@globe.com. Anne Steele can be reached at anne.steele@globe.com.
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