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Sunshine Friday, then snow returns

Pedestrians passed through Copley Square in front of Trinity Church as heavy snow fell.

John Tlumacki/Globe staff

Pedestrians passed through Copley Square in front of Trinity Church as heavy snow fell.

The storm that walloped the state today let up somewhat, but will linger into the night, National Weather Service forecasters say.

The snow, which is already a foot deep in some areas, is expected to gradually change to rain and freezing rain east of Interstate 95, turning roads treacherous.

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Interior portions of Massachusetts could see an additional 1 to 2 inches of snow, the forecasters said.

When the whole mess is over, 2 to 4 inches of snow are expected to have dropped in Boston. Amounts taper away to the south and east, with less than an inch on the Cape. But the amounts ramp up quickly as you head west, with 6 to 8 inches expected to fall in some areas inside Route 128 and 8 to 10 inches falling in some areas between Route 128 and Interstate 495. In far Western Massachusetts, up to 18 inches is expected in some areas, according to a weather service snowfall forecast map.

Flights in and out of Logan International Airport were returning to a more normal schedule as of 10:30 p.m., according to Newton-based FlightView.

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Skies will gradually become sunny Friday as highs rise to 37 degrees. Clouds will start rolling in during the afternoon as temperatures drop into the mid-20s.

What’s next after that? More snow.

Snow should start falling again Saturday after 4 a.m., with cloudy skies and highs near 35 degrees.

“We’re going to have a small gap in the storm late Friday night before we start seeing some more snow on Saturday, with probably an inch or two more in Boston,” said weather service meteorologist Bill Simpson.

Any snow should clear out before 10 p.m. as temperatures sink into the upper teens.

Sunday should be dry and frigid, with lots of sunshine and highs in the mid-20s throughout the day. Temperatures should plummet into the single digits overnight, bringing a chance of some light snow Monday morning.

“We’ll start cooling off for a couple days and we’ll see a gradual warm-up next week,” Simpson said.

A State Police spokesman said multiple spinout accidents had been reported, but there were no serious injuries.

A snowplow and an ATV collided on Route 112 in Huntington, resulting in two injuries. In Chelsea, the drivers of a car and a city fire truck were both taken to the hospital after a crash that police said they suspected was snow-related.

Globe correspondent Jacqueline Tempera contributed to this report. Catalina Gaitan can be reached at catalina.gaitan@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter at @catalina_gaitan.
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