Snow, sleet, rain to create wintry mess across area

A sloppy mix of snow, sleet and rain will impact outdoor plans much of the day Sunday.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory from 5 a.m. until 2 p.m. Sunday for central and western Massachusetts.

A storm system will bring a wintry precipitation mix overnight into early Sunday morning, which should change over to rain later in the day.

Light snow will make its way across the state by 5 a.m., moving from west to east. The first thump of snow should hit Boston around 8 or 9 a.m., falling near a rate of an inch per hour.

“But it’s so warm that a lot of this may actually be melting as soon as it touches the ground,” said StormTeam 5 meteorologist Mike Wankum.

The steadiest snow is set to arrive late in the morning, but rain also starts to move in from south to north at this time.

Rain, snow and sleet will become mostly rain by midafternoon Sunday, with temperatures reaching the lower 40s.

Most of the area will see very small snow accumulations before the precipitation begins to change to sleet and rain.

Precipitation should move out of the region by sunset Sunday.

Dry and seasonal conditions will return Monday, then cooler air will return to the region Tuesday and Wednesday.

Very mild air will move in late in the week. It is possible some areas will see temperatures in the 60s by Friday.

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