CARIBOU, Maine — Even though higher temperatures are expected to provide a weekend respite from this week’s frigid conditions, the warmer weather could also bring heavy rain, according to the National Weather Service’s Caribou office..
The weekend rain is also affecting the University of Maine hockey team’s game at Fenway Park in Boston on Saturday. The Black Bears’ clash with Boston University has been moved up to 3 p.m. in an effort to avoid rain forecasted for the late afternoon and evening hours.
The game, part of Hockey East’s Frozen Fenway doubleheader, had been pushed back from 6:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. to accommodate the New England Patriots playoff game Saturday night.
The Frozen Fenway twinbill will kick off at noon with Northeastern University taking on UMass Lowell. Hockey East and UMaine announced the changes early Thursday afternoon.
According to the weather service, temperatures throughout Maine and New England are expected to increase Saturday and Sunday, but rain is expected Saturday night into Sunday morning.
Between 1 and 2 inches of rain are possible throughout the state over the weekend, according to the weather service.
Temperatures are also expected to climb near 50 degrees.
Rivers will be monitored closely due to the possibility of ice movement and ice jams, along with melting snow.