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Light snow, rain could produce slippery roads during morning commute

Alfred, of Florida, formed a snowball as he played on a pile of snow left by the zamboni near Boston Common’s Frog Pond on Sunday. Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff

A frigid chill is in the air, after springlike weather on New Year’s Day, and light snow is in the forecast for early Thursday morning, producing possible slippery roads and reduced visibility.

With temperatures in the 20s, “some slight snow” is expected after midnight, said Alan Dunham, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

“Especially for the Thursday AM commute . . . snow will be ongoing, either changing to rain or tapering off towards midday,” the weather service said. “Untreated surfaces will be slick, especially along and north of the Massachusetts Turnpike.”

Thursday morning, temperatures will be “right around freezing,” Dunham said.


Some precipitation could fall by late morning, but there is “little to no chance” of snow accumulating in Boston, he said.

The cloudy skies on Thursday should give way to sunshine in the afternoon, and temperatures could reach the mid-40s, forecasters said.

Forecasters said Thursday night should be mostly clear, with lows around 30, and Friday will be sunny, with highs in the mid-40s.

Rain is in the forecast for Saturday, and temperatures in the Boston area could once again reach the mid-40s.

“A storm system tracking northeast from the mid Atlantic coast may bring periods of moderate to heavy rain Saturday, with pockets of freezing rain possible across northern MA,” forecasters wrote. “Dry and blustery conditions follow Sunday with cooler temperatures next Monday.”

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