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As winter temperatures depart, heavy rains move in

The region is breathing a sigh of relief after surviving what forecasters say could be the last major snowstorm of the season — whether you want to call it winter or what the calendar says it is, spring.

“We should be creeping up toward more seasonable temperatures, at least on Friday and Saturday,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Matthew Belk.

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But the wild weather isn’t quite done with us yet. Between 1 and 3 inches of heavy rain are expected to fall Saturday night into Monday, potentially causing flooding in urban areas, forecasters said.

“This weekend looks fairly wet. It’s just a question of how much,” Belk said. “There’s a possibility we should see several inches of rain.”

Conditions today will be dry and cool, with clear skies becoming slightly cloudy throughout the afternoon. High temperatures will reach 41 degrees in Boston, before cooling to 34 degrees overnight.

Some light rain showers falling overnight could turn into freezing rain in areas north of Route 2 and into southern New Hampshire, forecasters said.

“It’s all going to depend on timing,” Belk said. “It’ll be mainly outside of the Boston area as Boston probably won’t drop below 34” degrees.

Friday will start out cloudier but warmer, with high temperatures near 54 degrees. Some rain showers could fall after noon and continue until about 2 a.m. Skies will remain mostly cloudy overnight as temperatures sink to 42 degrees.

The weekend will start off sunny before the rain showers arrive. Skies will be clear Saturday, with highs nearing 51 degrees. Rain will likely start falling after 3 p.m. and continue overnight, as temperatures drop to 37 degrees.

Heavier showers should persist until about 2 p.m. Sunday, before becoming lighter in the evening. High temperatures will crest near 43 degrees before dropping into the mid-30s overnight.

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