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Dry, milder weather to prevail into weekend

Massachusetts woke up to white this morning. Though Tuesday’s evening commute proved somewhat hellish, the snow shouldn’t hamper transportation today.

Essex and northern Middlesex counties reported 8 inches, the most snow recorded last night, according to the National Weather Service. Boston wasn’t hit quite as hard, with 6.4 inches of snow recorded at Logan Airport. Still, Boston hadn’t seen that much snow on Dec. 17 before, and the 6.4 inches set the new Boston snowfall record for the 17th.

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The snow did wreak some havoc Tuesday night. At about 8 p.m. in Fitchburg, a commuter rail train going less than 10 miles per hour derailed after snow and ice buildup hindered the effectiveness of the train’s brakes. In a separate incident, a car became stuck on the trains on North Main Street in Cohasset and was struck by a commuter rail train.

There were no injuries reported in either incident, said Massachusetts Bay Commuter Rail spokesman Scott Farmelant.

State Police reported no major car accidents during last night’s snowy commute.

There won’t be any more fluffy white flakes for a while, as a coastal low pressure system will bring chilly and blustery weather today. Conditions will remain dry until at least Friday, and temperatures will rise to unseasonably warm levels, according to weather service.

“After today, temperatures will start their climb,” said Alan Dunham, weather service meteorologist. “Temperatures tomorrow will be in the upper 30s, and by Friday we will get up in the mid-40s.

A few clouds will spread over the sky this morning, but should diminish by the afternoon. Skies will be mostly sunny, with a high near 33. A west wind could gust around 15 miles per hour, according to the weather service. Weather should remain dry overnight as temperatures drop into the mid-20s.

“There might be some melting on the roads tonight, so black ice might be a problem,” Dunham said.

Thursday will see slightly warmer conditions and more sunny weather. Skies will be mostly sunny, and temperatures will peak near 40. A west wind will gust near 16 miles per hour, according to the weather service. Clouds will develop overnight and temperatures will moderate into the mid-40s.

Clouds will persist into Friday, and daytime temperatures will warm into the mid-40s. Rain is possible overnight, mainly after 7 p.m., but shouldn’t be too heavy. Temperatures will settle in the upper 30s overnight.

The mild weather will last through the weekend, but the dry spell will break. Rain showers are likely after 9 a.m. Saturday, and skies will remain cloudy. Temperatures will push near 50 during the day before falling into the low 40s overnight. Sunday will see more rain and more unseasonably warm temperatures, with daytime highs projected near 60.

“Neither day will be washout, but there will be some melting snow so there could be large puddles in roadways and in parking lots,” Dunham said. “There is a pretty good snowpack for Norfolk County northward; the rain probably won’t be enough to get rid of all it.”

Jasper Craven can be reached at jasper.craven@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @Jasper_Craven
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