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Valley, region prepare for third weekend snowstorm

Forecasters say a foot could fall in some areas of the state and the expected heavy, wet snow could bring down tree branches on power lines, leading to power failures.

Snow will begin falling by 3 p.m. Saturday, with accumulation of less than an inch during the day in the Northampton area, according to the weather service.

Snowfall will increase Saturday evening, with accumulation of 1 to 3 inches overnight. Steady snow is likely to continue until 11 a.m. Sunday, and precipitation could stretch into the evening.

Valley events may be rescheduled because of the storm, so people are advised to check on planned activities. For instance, St. Valentine’s Polish National Catholic Church has postponed until March 2 a ceremony for its new priest.

Temperatures are expected to rise from the high 20s to the low 30s Saturday. Sunday temperatures are expected to continue in the 30s, with highs in the high 30s. Wind speeds will remain low, peaking at 7 mph Sunday evening.

This will be the third weekend in a row that has brought snow.

Rain will mix with snow in some areas, the weather service says.

Northeast and north-central areas of the state could get 8 inches to a foot, with 4 to 8 inches in the Boston area and less along the South Coast and Cape Cod.

Many roads in the area are still impeded by piles of snow from a storm two weekends ago that dropped more than two feet in some places.

Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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