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Snow, sleet, and rain are expected into morning commute

Jose Rodriguez of Lynn shoveled snow in Somerville on Monday.
Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff
Jose Rodriguez of Lynn shoveled snow in Somerville on Monday.

Snow, sleet, and rain are on the way, including precipitation Thursday morning that could make the commute slippery and difficult.

Timing

Light snow began falling Wednesday evening, according to the National Weather Service.

One to two inches of snow is expected, said Lenore Correia of the National Weather Service said in a phone interview.

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More moderate snow will hit around 10 p.m., Correia said.

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The precipitation is expected to start as snow and ice Wednesday night, eventually changing to rain along the coast.

After midnight, the snow is expected to turn into a mix of sleet and freezing rain.

“Expecting a transition to all rain along the immediate coast, and perhaps a good portion of southern Rhode Island and southeast Massachusetts,” forecasters wrote. “This is one of the areas which may be refined with later forecasts.”

Officials also are warning drivers to be careful on the roads, which could be slick late Wednesday through Thursday morning.

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“The hazardous conditions could impact the Thursday morning commute,” they wrote. “Expect slippery roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving.”

Sleet will turn to rain as temperatures warm throughout Thursday morning, Correia said.

The precipitation is expected to move offshore by 10 a.m. Thursday morning, forecasters said.

“Drier air follow in its wake, leading to improving conditions by afternoon,” they wrote. Thursday will be warmer, with temperatures nearing 50. Skies should clear by the afternoon, Correia said.

Location

The storm is expected to affect most of New England, including Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and New Hampshire.

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The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory for all of Massachusetts — except for the Cape and Islands — and all of Connecticut and Rhode Island.

In New Hampshire, forecasters said they expect more snowfall early Thursday, which could affect the morning commute. A winter weather advisory has been issued there for 11 p.m. Wednesday through noon on Thursday.

Snow accumulation

As of Wednesday morning, the weather service was predicting 2 inches or less of snowfall during the course of the storm for most of Massachusetts, with a slightly higher prediction for Western Massachusetts and the Newburyport area, which could get up to 3 inches.

Looking farther north, snow is expected to reach 3 to 4 inches in most of southern New Hampshire, according to Wednesday morning forecasts. However, areas farther north and parts of Maine are forecasted to get as much as half a foot.

Temperatures

Temperatures will climb by Thursday to the mid 40s and low 50s, explaining why the precipitation will be wetter than just plain old snow.

Looking forward

It looks as though any snow we do get will melt pretty quickly, given that it’s slated to be dry, sunny, and in the 40s on Friday and Saturday. However, another round of a wintry mix of precipitation is possible Saturday night into Sunday, forecasters said Tuesday.

Correspondent Andrew Stanton and Peter Bailey-Wells and Emily Sweeney of the Globe staff contributed to this report.