David Epstein breaks down the forecast for the last weekend of February

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The weather this weekend is looking unsettled, but it’s not completely washed out.

The mild air of earlier this week is but a memory, with another round of precipitation on the way for later Friday. A frontal boundary to our south is acting as the catalyst for an area of low pressure. As this low rides along the front later in the day and Friday night an area of rain will blossom over New England. There could be a quick mix of sleet and snow over the interior as the precipitation begins in the afternoon. This GIF shows the area arriving later in the morning and ending overnight.

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Temperatures Friday will be chilly with highs in the 30s. Across northern New England there will be a mixed bag of snow and some freezing rain or sleet.

Saturday is the pick

If you’re thinking which day this weekend is best for outdoor plans, the answer is definitely Saturday. With a blend of clouds and some sunshine temperatures will reach into the lower to mid-50s around Greater Boston. Across ski country it will be colder. Look for highs there in the upper 30s to lower 40s.

More rain Sunday

The dry weather won’t last very long as another area of rain moves into the region for later Saturday night and Sunday. This means more clouds, of course, and with the lack of sunshine comes colder temperatures. It will feel quite raw on Sunday. Highs on Sunday will stay in the lower 40s at best. Most of the rain will be over during the first part of the day, but I don’t expect any clearing. The rain may begin as a mix of rain and snow west of the coastline. It will mainly be a snow event up north, good for ski areas. Total rainfall through the weekend will be over an inch in many places.

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Better Monday

Next week is looking quite nice to start with temperatures slightly above seasonal averages for the final days of February. There will also be a lot of sunshine, and this will give things a chance to dry out.