Winter arrived early, but we’ll get a very quick break this weekend

Here's David Epstein's weekend weather forecast.

It was 35 degrees in Boston at 7 a.m. Wednesday.
It was 35 degrees in Boston at 7 a.m. Wednesday. –Craig F. Walker / The Boston Globe

Winter has arrived early, folks.

On the heels of the region’s first widespread snowfall, Friday and Saturday will briefly turn more mild before next week brings cold temperatures and the chance for a few flakes.

Here’s your complete weekend weather forecast.

Friday starts rainy but clears out.

high temperatures friday
It will be chilly west of Boston on Friday and milder to the south. —David Epstein / NOAA data

In Greater Boston, we’ll see a period of steady rain Friday morning before clearing moves in Friday night. There won’t be any precipitation on your ride home Friday. I don’t expect temperatures to fall dramatically, so I’m not looking at a flash freeze, either.

Highs around Boston will reach the mid 40s.

Saturday is the nicest day of the weekend.

Saturday high temperatures
Saturday brings seasonably chilly air with sunshine. —David Epstein / NOAA data

Temperatures will be near freezing by Saturday morning, so there could be a few icy patches leftover. The day features a lot of sunshine with temperatures generally in the 40s. This is still below average for the time of year, but it’ll end up being one of our mildest days over the next week, so enjoy it. Winds will be light.

Sunday is cold.

high temperatures sunday
Sunday will be the coldest day of the weekend. —David Epstein / NOAA data
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Sunday brings a blend of clouds and sunshine. It’ll be a little cooler, staying around 40 to middle 40s toward the Cape and islands.

Another storm system will brush the region on Monday, bringing a few rain and snow showers. We’ll have to keep an eye on this over the weekend to see if it evolves into anything more than just a nuisance. Temperatures after that system will be very cold, and there may be a day next week when readings stay in the 20s.

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