After light snow sprinkles, warming trend on Sunday

After a day of light snow that treated Bay Staters to some wintery scenery without shoveling headaches, a winter weather advisory from the National Weather Service was in effect into Sunday morning for much of central Massachusetts and all of New Hampshire and Maine.

In Boston, freezing drizzle continued into Saturday evening, but were followed by warming temperatures along the shoreline and forecasts of above-freezing temperatures for Sunday, said Benjamin Sipprell, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Taunton.

Temperatures Saturday night remained relatively steady because a shallow mass of cold air stayed near the surface across much of the region, with little wind to shift it, Sipprell said.

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Freezing drizzle hit Franklin, Worcester, Hampshire, and Middlesex counties Saturday evening and was expected to continue into the early morning hours, according to a forecast from the weather service. Sipprell said slippery conditions, including black ice, were anticipated.

Snow accumulation totaled about half an inch in the Boston area and eastern regions, and an inch in the western part of the state, said Charlie Foley, another weather service meteorologist.

Snow began in Boston about 7 a.m. Saturday. “The snow is relatively widespread, but it is light,” said Bob Thompson, another weather service meteorologist.

Before Saturday, 0.4 inches of snow had fallen in Boston this season, Thompson said, with heavier snow in the west—Worcester already had 7.8 inches.

Sunday is expected to be dry, with highs around 56 and another weak cold front moving in. There was a chance of afternoon showers, especially in central and western Massachusetts, Sipprell said. At night, showers are again likely, and lows will hit the mid-40s.

Warm temperatures will continue into the workweek, with highs in the mid-50s on Monday, according to the forecast. Monday night will be mostly clear with lows around 40. Tuesday looks like the warmest day ahead, with partly sunny skies and highs around 58.

On Tuesday night, there is a 30 percent chance of rain and a low of 42. On Wednesday, there is a 40 percent chance of rain with a high of 47.