Colder is the theme this weekend, but not the kind of cold that will prevent you from venturing outside and enjoying winter activities.

A flow of air out of Canada Friday and Saturday will keep temperatures below seasonal averages.  This means you can expect readings only in the mid-20s Friday and low 20s Saturday. Milder air moves in for Sunday. There will be more clouds to finish the weekend as well. I can’t rule out a rain or snow shower Sunday, but any that occur will be light.

For planning purposes, keep an eye on the forecast for next Tuesday.  Things could become messy with snow, perhaps changing to mixed precipitation along the coast, leading to travel problems Tuesday afternoon and evening.

If you’re hitting the roads this weekend …

Great news for those driving this weekend: It should be dry nearly all weekend. If you are driving in northern New England on Sunday, there might be a few snow showers, especially in higher elevations.

If you’re plans call for air travel …

Storm-free weather across much of the nation should cause few delays as you board airplanes this weekend.  The one exception is the Pacific Northwest where more rain and snow are on tap.  Those areas have the highest chances of delays.

If you’re going skiing or boarding …

Some natural snow this week has kept ski runs in good shape. Many New England ski areas have been able to make snow as well. Temperatures will be in the teens across higher elevations this weekend. Winds will be gusty on the mountain peaks this weekend.

You can see how winds will be strongest on the mountains the next few days.

You can see how winds will be strongest on the mountains for the next few days. NOAA

If you’re snowmobiling or ice fishing …

There will be sunshine this weekend, and a blustery breeze at times will be the only real issue. The ice is thick on most lakes and ponds and it’s a great weekend to take advantage of mid-winter in Maine.

It will be cold this weekend, but nothing out of the ordinary.

Highs on Saturday will only be in the mid-20s along the coast and teens in the mountains. NOAA

If you’re going hiking or running …

Dry roads and the lack of huge snowbanks will keep runners happy this weekend.  If you are training for the big race in April, the early-morning cold could pose a challenge.

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

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