‘We’re locked into this winter-like pattern’: Rain, snow in the forecast for Mass. early this week

“May is the new March.”

–Craig F. Walker / The Boston Globe, File

Boston is predicted to see rain Monday night into Tuesday, but the highest elevations in the region could see snow, according to the National Weather Service.

“Unfortunately, we’re locked into this winter-like pattern for the next few days anyway,” Bill Simpson, a meteorologist with the service, said Monday morning.

For the Greater Boston region around I-495, Simpson said there will be just rain. It should begin by the evening commute, and the rain will start out light and then become heavier.

The service predicts rain will be steady in Boston between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m.

“Within I-495, this is an all-rain event,” Simpson said. But for higher elevations, like the Worcester Hills and the foothills of the Berkshires, there could be a “period of snow” with some accumulation.

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Boston will drop to the upper 30s overnight Monday, according to Simpson. Rainfall should amount to between ¾ of an inch to just over an inch.

Near Boston, wind gusts could hit 30 mph, according to the service.

Meteorologist David Epstein said there’s “high probability” of between one and three inches, or more, of snow for the higher elevations.

Eric Fisher, a meteorologist with WBZ, called Tuesday the “ugliest day of the week.”

“A chance for some record coldest high temps for the date,” he said.

The White Mountains and the Green Mountains could get six inches or more of snow, according to Fisher.

Chris Lambert, a meteorologist with WHDH, said the “wet snow shows up overnight across the highest terrain of the Worcester Hills and (will be) most widespread out in the Berkshires.”

He also said, “May is the new March.”

“[One]-3 [inches] above 1500 feet in the Berkshires,” he said. “Some flakes/minor slushy accumulation above 1000 feet in the Worcester Hills.”

Lambert predicted about 0.8 of an inch of rain for Boston Monday into Tuesday, noting that Tuesday will be “chilly and raw.”

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