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Up to 8 inches of snow due Tuesday

Snow will return Tuesday with up to 8 inches forecast in the western and northern Boston metro area by the evening and scattered rain showers through Friday.

Snow should begin falling after 10 a.m. Tuesday, accumulating to between 3 to 5 inches in the Boston area before the evening, forecasters said. The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory beginning at 7 a.m. in Eastern Massachusetts and a winter storm warning beginning at 7 a.m. for central areas of the state.

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Heavy snow could fall at times during Tuesday’s evening commute, the weather service said.

Highs on Tuesday will be near 34 degrees, with lows in the upper 20s overnight.

Areas on and near Cape Cod could see 1 to 2 inches of snow and rain, forecasters said.

“There will be showers on Wednesday, but they will be periodic,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Charlie Foley. “It will rain from time to time, and that’s going to be true on through Thursday.”

Scattered rain showers should start falling after noon Wednesday, with mostly cloudy skies and highs near an above-normal 43 degrees. Those showers will clear up by 9 p.m. as the clouds disperse and temperatures sink to 30 degrees.

Thursday will be even warmer, with sunny skies and highs near 44 degrees. The rain will return that evening, with scattered showers overnight as temperatures drop to 36 degrees.

Periodic rain showers will continue through Friday, as high temperatures rise to a spring-like 50 degrees. Cloudy skies will persist until the evening, when low temperatures drop to about 33.

“We’re going from below-normal temperatures, to above-normal between Wednesday and Friday, and then it drops again this weekend,” Foley said. “The warmer temperatures are a good thing, but the bad thing is that with warmer temperatures the frequency of [rain] showers could be a little bit greater.”

Catalina Gaitan can be reached at catalina.gaitan@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter at @catalina_gaitan.
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