Here’s what local forecasters are saying about the snow predicted for Friday

"Should be snowing steadily in the early morning hours of Friday."

–Stan Grossfeld/Globe staff

Snow is set to drop on Massachusetts on Friday, although a warmup promised by the National Weather Service afterward may be a small consolation.

The service predicts that rain will turn to snow on Thursday night, and most of the state will see between 1 and 3 inches.

“Can’t rule out some 4-5 [inch] totals but cold air probably arrives a bit too late for those higher amounts,” the service said on Twitter. “Other story is strong NE winds. 40-50 mph gusts possible near coast.”

Portions of Cape Cod and Nantucket are expected to see the strongest wind gusts, with predictions between 45 and 50 miles per hour. In Boston, the wind is expected to hit between 30 and 35 miles per hour.

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The service notes that next week temperatures should warm up.

Here’s what other local meteorologists are saying about the snow:

David Epstein: ‘Should be snowing steadily in the early morning hours of Friday’

Cindy Fitzgibbon, WCVB: ‘Burst of snow 12am-7am Friday’

Chris Lambert, 7 News: ‘Best shot of 3-4″ across the higher terrain of Southern New England.’

Zack Green, WBZ: ‘Slick spots and icy areas as temperatures fall below freezing.’

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