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Nor'easter May Affect Wednesday Commute

Expect mostly rain in the city and snow outside of 495.

A nor'easter will kick up winds and rain in the region today, with sleet and snow likely west of Boston and in the higher elevations.

According to WHDH meteorologist Chris Lambert, the precipitation should start between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., which would impact the afternoon commute. Atmospheric conditions may convert falling rain into snow in Boston, though that would mean merely a dusting on grass before quickly melting away. The actual rain/snow line is harder to predict.

"I don't expect much, if any, accumulation in the Boston area, maybe a slushy coating around Rte. 128 on grassy surfaces as rain and snow battle it out for a few hours in the early evening," wrote Lambert on the 7 Weather Blog. "The snow will lose that battle to rain, although that process takes longer outside 495."

The National Weather Service has issued wind and coastal flood advisories ahead of the storm, calling for sustained winds of 20-25 MPH and gusts of 50 MPH. While not as strong as the winds from Sandy, the gusts are enough to cause damage.

NSTAR, city prepare for potential outages, damage

The nor'easter comes on the heels of Hurricane Sandy, which roughed up the Boston area Oct. 28-29. Both the city of Boston and NSTAR are preparing of the storm. 

NSTAR warned that a storm with such strong winds could lead to some power outages.

"The high winds and heavy rain associated with the nor’easter forecasted to affect us beginning on Wednesday could likely result in power outages across our region," read a statement by the utility company. "NSTAR crews, contractors and support personnel will be ready to respond to any damage caused by this storm."

Boston continues to trim branches and clear fallen leaves, and asks residents to take time to clear catch basins ahead of the storm.

"People who encounter homeless individuals are encouraged to notify public safety officials by calling 9-1-1 or the Mayor's 24-hour Hotline at (617) 635-4500," read a statement from the mayor's office. "Residents are encouraged to register for AlertBoston by visiting www.cityofboston.gov/alertboston and follow @NotifyBoston on Twitter."

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