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Winter sneaks back to Massachusetts with snow

Boston saw three-10ths of an inch of snow overnight, meteorologist Bill Simpson said.

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Boston saw three-10ths of an inch of snow overnight, meteorologist Bill Simpson said.

Just when we thought wintry weather was gone for good, it came back for one last showdown, dropping more than 3 inches of snow and causing temperatures to plunge into below normal levels in some areas of Massachusetts overnight.

“The highest was Royalston, which had 3½ inches of snow,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Bill Simpson. “Ashfield and Leyden both had 2 inches, but pretty much everywhere saw some sleet and snow.”

Similar conditions will prevail Thursday.

Thea Breite/Globe Staff

Similar conditions will prevail Thursday.

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Boston saw three-10ths of an inch of snow overnight, Simpson said.

The weather service warned commuters to drive slowly and carefully this morning, as the sleet-snow mix made some roadways slippery.

Sunny conditions will return today, but the cold weather won’t budge. High temperatures should crest at 42 degrees, more than 10 degrees below normal, Simpson said. Skies should remain clear overnight as temperatures sink to 31 degrees.

Similar conditions will prevail Thursday, with mostly clear skies and highs in the lower 40s. Temperatures should stay just above freezing, dropping to 34 degrees overnight.

The week will end on a wet note, with light rain arriving Friday afternoon. The morning should be sunny, with highs climbing into the mid-40s. Clouds should roll in during the evening as temperatures sink to 39 degrees.

“By the weekend we should be back to more normal temperatures,” Simpson said.

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