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Winter storm packing snow, rain expected to hit state Wednesday

Boston can expect 2 to 4 inches of snow starting around 9 a.m.
Boston can expect 2 to 4 inches of snow starting around 9 a.m.Keith Bedford/Globe Staff/File 2015

Massachusetts residents can expect a blast of snow and rain Wednesday as a winter storm moves into the state, bringing up to 10 inches of snow in some areas.

Boston can expect 2 to 4 inches of snow, with light flurries starting around 8 a.m. and heavy snow moving in by 10 a.m., Alan Dunham , a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Taunton said Tuesday night.

The snow will turn to rain around 3 or 4 p.m. on Wednesday, once temperatures are above freezing.

“Unfortunately, it’s going to be a pretty messy situation, especially for the evening commute,” said Lenore Correia, another meteorologist.

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But, Boston isn’t getting the worst of the storm. In Central Massachusetts, residents can expect 3 to 8 inches of snow, and in the north and western parts of the state, 6 to 10 inches, Dunham said. Freezing rain could also make streets slippery in the inland parts of the state.

The weather service issued a winter weather advisory for Greater Boston Tuesday afternoon, and a winter storm warning for northwest Middlesex and northern Worcester counties, along with Hampshire and Franklin counties.

South Shore residents can expect a brief snow that will quickly turn to rain, Dunham said.

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation is urging drivers to be cautious on roadways during the storm, reducing their speed and allowing for extra travel time.

“While the initial early morning commute may be free of impacts, we expect that heavy snow and mixed precipitation including sleet and freezing rain will fall throughout the day, possibly creating challenging conditions for the afternoon commute,” Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver said in a statement.

The DOT is already preparing crews to help clear snow and ice, it said in the statement.

The Massachusetts Emergency Service expects precipitation to “taper off around midnight.”

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