The National Weather Service is forecasting a record-setting rainy Christmas Eve that will also bring near-record warm temperatures.

A storm system will move down from the north and impactthe Boston region around Christmas Eve, the weather service announced Sunday.

"This will bring the potentialfor moderate to heavy snow in the mountains and lightaccumulations to the valleys," the service said. "Temperatures are expected to remainabove average through early next week...before dropping downtoward normal values by Christmas Day. Another winter storm mayaffect the region for next weekend."

Boston saw some snow early Sunday, though snowfall had died down by the late afternoon. Gusty winds were expected in the afternoon.

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