Here’s your Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend forecast

Watch out for black ice on the roadways.

BOSTON, MA - 1/11/2018:  Puddles at Copley Square  (David L Ryan/Globe Staff ) SECTION: METRO TOPIC stand alone photo
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While it may seem like the holidays just ended, and in a way they did, we are at the beginning of a three-day weekend for many. This is, of course, Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend, and there’s going to be a lot of traveling up into northern New England, especially to ski country. The weather will not be favorable to start the weekend, but will turn much more favorable to finish.

On Friday, we find very warm conditions from southern New England all the way up to the northern tip of Maine. You can expect showers across the area during the day with heavier rain sometime this evening, especially after the evening commute. The rain will continue overnight and could amount between 1 and 3 inches with a few places exceeding those amounts. Temperatures will be in the 50s to near 60.


Mild with heavy rain

Overnight Friday look for temperatures to not go down very much, and many places may actually stay above 50 degrees. There will also be dense fog, making travel a bit more difficult. Snow will continue to disappear at a rapid rate, and there could be some street flooding as well as basement flooding.

The warm weather won’t last, however, as much colder air moves into the region Saturday just as the rain comes to an end. There could be a quick bit of freezing rain or even sleet, but the bigger story will be temperatures going down 20 to 25 degrees in just a couple of hours. This means anything that’s on the ground will freeze solid and even just a small coating of moisture on asphalt will become very slippery.

The highs Saturday will occur at midnight as readings fall the rest of the day. —National Weather Service

For the Patriots game Saturday night look for dry and blustery conditions with temperatures in the mid 20s.

Highs Sunday will be significantly colder than the previous day. —National Weather Service

Both  Sunday and Monday feature a blend of clouds and sunshine and temperatures in the middle 20s on Sunday and lower 20s on Monday. If you’re headed up to ski country, you can expect cold conditions for the second part of the weekend and any of the snow that softened up will refreeze. There will be an opportunity for a little bit of natural snow at the tail end of the storm.