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

After very mild air to start the weekend, it will turn colder.

Boston 02/23/2017 - Boston broke the official high temperature for the day as people cross the footbridge on the Boston Public Garden  under a brilliant warm sun as the temperature approached 66 degrees. John Tlumacki/Globe staff(metro)
People cross the Public Garden's footbridge Thursday. –John Tlumacki / The Boston Globe

Temperatures felt more like May than February Thursday with highs in the 60s for many. Boston’s record high for the day of 68 was the second warmest February day ever. Even the coastline was mild, unusual with a cold ocean next door.

It’ll be another warm one Friday with readings back into the 60s. There will be more clouds present as a frontal system is stalled to our north. Like Thursday, the warmest readings will be inland. Over parts of Cape Cod, readings will be about 10 degrees colder.

Another stronger front is going to push through Saturday and bring a period of rain and even the possibility of thunderstorms. If you have Saturday plans, the heaviest of the rain will hold off until later in the afternoon. However, there could be some drizzle or light showers after noon.


In addition to the rain, Saturday brings more mild air. Highs will reach the low-  to mid-60s.

Highs on Saturday reach April-like levels once again. —NOAA

After the rain, colder air arrives on gusty winds for Sunday. It will feel much colder, with highs only in the mid-40s, but that is still 5-8 degrees above where temperatures would typically be the final weekend in February. There will be a lot of sunshine Sunday. It’ll be a good day to get outside, take a walk, or, perhaps, survey the yard and all that needs to be done.

If you’re hitting the roads this weekend…

Expect wet roads Saturday afternoon and into the overnight. If you are traveling, there could be some big puddles and ponding of water during heavier downpours that evening. By Sunday, drier weather will bring a return to dry roads and sunshine.

If you’re heading to Logan airport…

There are no major storms forecast for the lower 48 this weekend. This means travel delays should be minimal due to weather, and this trend will continue into early next week.

If you’re going skiing…

On Saturday, it will be best to get skiing in during the morning. Rain will make conditions more difficult as the day goes on. On Sunday, look for colder weather and some frozen granular conditions returning. However, most areas will stay above freezing for the duration of the weekend.


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

Call ahead before venturing to your favorite golf course. Many fields will be too wet for play Saturday, and, although dry conditions return Sunday morning, after the overnight rain, I still expect lots of mud and puddles.

If you’re going hiking or running…

Much if not all the snow is gone around Boston, but there are still snow banks over the interior. It’s certainly easier getting around now for a run. If you plan on hiking, be aware there are icy spots in the woods and lots of mud and puddles. Across northern New England, you will need snowshoes and crampons if you are hiking in the mountains.

I will be updating the forecast on Twitter @growingwisdom throughout the weekend.