Forecast discussion: A frontal boundary near the coast of North Carolina Tuesday morning helped to bring some light snow throughout the day in Rhode Island. Snowfall totals ranged from a coating in Providence to as high as 4 inches in Foster, which is in northwest Rhode Island. However, the average amount for this storm was about 2 inches.
We will continue to see some light snow showers and flurries continue into the evening, before stopping before midnight. High pressure over the Southeast U.S. will help clear our skies overnight, and bring bright sunshine on Wednesday.
However, we will not be returning to any sultry high temperatures. In fact, a cold dome of air from Canada will come into the region tomorrow night, thanks to an Arctic cold front. The front will be dry, so I am not expecting any precipitation. However a passing flurry is possible. After it passes, temperatures will not reach freezing for highs, and lows will fall into the middle teens.
This trend will continue until the weekend, where I will be watching the computer models carefully. But, the models are developing a possible coastal storm for us this weekend. On Friday, the low develops over eastern Texas and gains strength. By Saturday, overcast skies are expected, as moisture from the system reaches New England. The precipitation will start off as some light to moderate snow, but warmer air will begin to move into the region. So, the precipitation will slowly change over to a mix of sleet and rain, before changing over to plain rain by the late morning on Sunday. It is possible it will return to snow showers by the late evening, before ending early Monday morning. We will then return to drier weather to begin the new workweek.
72 hour forecast:
Tonight: Any snow showers or flurries end by 11 p.m. We will see clearing skies after midnight with a low of 20.
Wednesday: Mostly sunny and breezy with a high of 31. Winds will come from the west at 12-15 mph.
Wednesday night: Mostly cloudy with a possible flurry and cold with a low of 19. Winds will come from the west-northwest at 8-11 mph. Skies will clear before dawn.
Thursday: Mostly sunny with a high of 26.
Thursday night: Mostly sunny with a low of 16.
Friday: Mostly sunny to start, with partly sunny skies by sunset. We will see a high of 30.
Friday night: Mostly cloudy with a low of 17.
Saturday: Overcast by mid-morning with light snow starting in the mid-afternoon. Highs 31-34, lows 28-31.
Sunday: Windy with a mix of sleet, snow, and freezing rain. Precipitation may change back to snow showers in the early evening. Highs 35-38, lows 19-22.
Monday: Snow showers end by the early morning, and becoming partly sunny by the afternoon. Highs 27-30, lows 14-17.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny. Highs 30-33, lows 16-19.