Metro

The Boston area may only see a coating of snow today

Grocery deliveries were rolled into Happy Supermarket, on Blue Hill Avenue.
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Grocery deliveries were rolled into Happy Supermarket, on Blue Hill Avenue.

The fourth storm of the month, dubbed the “four’easter,” continued to weaken overnight, with snowfall estimates across the state dropping and making way for a warmer Thursday.

Forecasters are now expecting approximately a coating to 2 inches of snow to fall in Boston and across Eastern Massachusetts. Most snowfall accumulation will be on elevated areas, like grass, weather service meteorologist Stephanie Dunten said.

The snow isn’t expected to stick to roadways, meaning the Thursday commute will be wet — but it probably won’t be too snowy, Dunten said.

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And with temperatures in the mid-30s, the roads aren’t expected to be icy, either.

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“Area roadways look completely fine,” she said.

Temperatures are expected to dip a bit closer to freezing before sunrise, but the rest of Thursday is expected to warm up into the low 40s.

“So if anything does develop on area roadways,” Dunten said, “it will quickly melt.”

The winter storm advisory in Boston — downgraded from a winter storm warning on late Wednesday night — was dropped in the city overnight, remaining in effect for southeastern Massachusetts through 8 a.m. Thursday.

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The Boston area will continue to have a wind advisory and coastal flood advisory in effect through the early morning.

Approximately 1,600 utility customers were without power around 4 a.m. Thursday, but that number dropped to about 50 by 7 a.m., according to a map from the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency.

Most outages were National Grid customers located in Essex County.

Snowfall totals were initially expected to be much higher, with many school districts canceling school Thursday as forecasters predicted up to a foot of snow falling in the region.

Dunten said the changing forecast ultimately came down to the dry air in the atmosphere that “ate away at the storm.”

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But, she added, the drastic changes in forecast within 24 hours of the storm are “something we haven’t seen in a while.”

Felicia Gans can be reached at felicia.gans@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @FeliciaGans.