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    Milder temperatures ahead for the weekend

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    The cold weather will continue in Boston and some light snow or flurries are possible in the western part of the state on Thursday, according to the National Weather Service.

    But that snowfall won’t amount to much, as forecasters are predicting just a coating to an inch in the Berkshires.

    “Light snow mainly over [Western] New England lingering into this evening; light [accumulations] possible, coating up to an inch, yet the biggest impact will be reduced visibility along area roadways; can’t rule out some freezing drizzle, albeit a low risk,” forecasters tweeted. “A simple heads up for everyone.”

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    Thursday morning got off to a cold start, with many areas of Massachusetts reporting lows in the teens and 20s, so forecasters were reminding folks to bundle up before going outside. “An extra layer, a warm beverage, good to go for the day,” forecasters tweeted.

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    Thursday will be mostly cloudy with highs reaching the lower 30s in Boston, and temperatures are expected to drop into the 20s at night, forecasters said.

    But we should get some relief from the bitter cold this weekend.

    Forecasters say Friday will be partly sunny and (thankfully) not as cold with highs in the lower 40s. There’s a 30 percent chance of rain Friday night and temperatures should hold steady in the upper 30s, forecasters said.

    Saturday will be mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of rain in the morning, and temperatures could reach as high as 48 degrees (!) in Boston.

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    Saturday night will be partly cloudy with lows in the upper 30s, and Sunday should be partly sunny with highs in lower 40s.

    Sunday night will mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of rain, forecasters said.

    Emily Sweeney can be reached at esweeney@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @emilysweeney.