Snow will greet Monday morning commuters on the first day of spring, a rude reminder – after a tame winter – that Mark Twain was spot on when he said that if you don’t like the weather in New England, just wait a minute.

The National Weather Service on Sunday said southeastern Massachusetts, including Boston, and Rhode Island could get 5 to 10 inches of snow Sunday evening through Monday morning.

By sunrise, it seemed snowfall was much less. The storm is expected to have passed by 10 a.m.

The springtime record for an accumulation of 6 inches was set at Logan Airport during the April blizzard of 1997.

Whatever the snowfall in greater Boston, the higher amounts will most likely be southeast of Boston and Providence.

Forecasters in northern New England say accumulation could be as much as 7 to 12 inches along some parts of the northern coast of Maine.

Tuesday is expected to see temperatures in the 40s, perhaps higher.