Weekend Weather: What you need to know for every activity you have planned

A moderating temperature trend and a storm-free pattern are in the forecast this weekend.

Richard Tardif and his dog, Diesel, take a walk down Ball Park Road in Sabattus, Maine, on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017. A winter storm unleashed more than a foot of wet, heavy snow on parts of Maine and New Hampshire, creating a messy commute, closing schools, knocking out power — and pushing snow tallies to levels unseen in years in northern New England.  (Daryn Slover/The Lewiston Sun-Journal via AP)
Richard Tardif and his dog, Diesel, take a walk in Sabattus, Maine, on Thursday. –Daryn Slover / The Lewiston Sun-Journal via AP

The weekend is upon us and not only is this a long holiday weekend, it’s also the start of school vacation week for many public schools. Whether you are sticking around here this weekend or traveling, the weather looks like it will cooperate.

After some light snow Thursday, high pressure has built into southern New England leaving us with mainly sunny skies. There is still a bit of wind left from the departing storm, but generally Friday is looking quite nice.

After a stormy 10-day period, tranquility returns to New England just in time to enjoy all the fresh snow. Snow depths are well over three feet in part of New England, making for some of the best skiing in years. The upcoming temperatures will be cold enough to keep the snow fresh, but not so cold you can’t enjoy it.

Deep snow can be found in much of New England this February. —NOAA

If you’re hitting the roads this weekend…

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Roads should be dry all weekend. With melting temperatures in the afternoon, look for some water on the roads, which will end up splashing onto your windshield. Be sure to have those windshield washer reservoirs in your car full if you are taking a long trip.

If you’re heading to Logan airport…

There won’t be any weather issues in the east this weekend, but the west coast is very stormy. If your travel plans call for you heading out into that area of the country, be prepared for possible delays.

If you’re going skiing…

It doesn’t get much better. Natural snow has been falling at terrific rates the past two weeks and ski areas all have a fantastic base of snow. Look for powder and packed power conditions on all trails. The snow will tend to soften up a bit in the afternoon Sunday as temperatures climb well above freezing even in ski country, but not enough to cause any issues.

Temperatures Saturday will reach the lower 40s in Boston, and 30s to the north. —NOAA

If you’re playing any field games or winter golf…

You will have to find indoor playing space this weekend as snow cover continues across the area.

If you’re going hiking or running…

Snow banks are a bit higher this weekend than last so plan your runs accordingly. I expect the level of the snow to decrease quite a bit over the weekend due to the stronger sun and longer days. Relatively mild air for February makes this a great weekend for a winter hike. Snowshoes are necessary in the woods where the snow is quite deep.

Temperatures Sunday will reach near 50 degrees in the afternoon.
Temperatures Sunday will reach near 50 degrees in the afternoon. —Dave Epstein
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I will be updating the forecast on Twitter @growingwisdom throughout the weekend.

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