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Winter storm could bring up to 8 inches of snow to Boston Sunday

A message for Tom Brady was cut on the ice at the Boston Public Garden Friday night.
A message for Tom Brady was cut on the ice at the Boston Public Garden Friday night.Erin Clark/Globe Staff

Many people already had all the reasons they needed to stay on the couch Sunday: the weekend, the pandemic, the Super Bowl.

Well, here’s another.

A winter storm is expected to arrive Sunday morning and bring up to 8 inches of snow to Boston before it peters out likely before the end of the big game, according to the National Weather Service.

A winter storm warning is in effect from 7 a.m. Sunday until 1 a.m. Monday, and forecasters warned that snowfall could be heavy at times, likely in the late morning and the afternoon.

Snow could fall at a rate of more than 2 inches per hour during the peak of the storm, forecasters said, and with a high temperature near 33 degrees, the snow is expected to be the wet, heavy kind. Rain might mix in at times, especially near the coast.

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The entire state is expected to see some snowfall, ranging from less than an inch on the outer Cape, 3 to 4 inches in Western Massachusetts, and 6 to 8 in a wide band encompassing the rest of the state, according to the weather service.

Foxborough is expected to be hit with a pocket of particularly heavy snowfall and could receive up to a foot.

“Travel could be very difficult,” forecasters said in an advisory about the storm.

According to the weather service, the storm is expected to be less strong and faster moving than the one earlier this week.

In Boston, the snow is expected to follow what was a sunny, nearly cloudless day Saturday with a high that reached 42 degrees, according to the weather service.




Lucas Phillips can be reached at lucas.phillips@globe.com.