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Providence weather forecast for Dec. 18, 2013

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Forecast discussion: A low pressure system just passing off eastern Long Island brought a little snowfall on Tuesday. We began to see some flurries just after the morning commute. We then saw light snow, with occasional bursts of moderate snow. However, around Rhode Island, about a coating to an inch fell. As the low passes into the Gulf of Maine, northern Rhode Island will see light snow reduce to flurries. Another inch or two will be added to the snowfall. The Winter Weather Advisory in effect for Rhode Island will end at 10 p.m.

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High pressure moving into northern Arkansas will push low towards the northeast. We will see mostly sunny skies for Sunday, with temperatures actually going above freezing for the first time in several days. As we move into Wednesday night, winds will begin to turn to the southwest. This will allow for warmer air to move into Southern New England. We will actually push 40 degrees on Thursday.

By Thursday evening, a low pressure system now over eastern British Colombia will move into the Central U.S. It will begin to pick up some upper level dynamics, and move over New England Friday night. We will see scattered showers by early Friday evening, with the precipitation ending during the overnight hours. We will see a brief period of dry weather until a second low begins to race toward the Northeast. More showers will arrive by late Saturday afternoon. Showers and periods of rain will occur on Sunday, and temperatures will actually reach the lower 50’s. So, any snow and ice on the sidewalks and ground should melt and be washed away.

All the rainfall will end by Monday morning, as high pressure from central Canada moves quickly towards New England. However, colder air will be behind the cold front that will pass through the area. We should see temperatures in the middle 40’s before falling through the day. By Christmas Eve, it will feel like Christmas, but it will not look like Christmas. Right now, we would go into Christmas Day without a White Christmas.

72 hour forecast:

Tonight: Snow showers/flurries ending around 10 p.m. Another 1-2 inches is expected on top of the one inch we received earlier. We will see a low of 22.
Wednesday: Mostly sunny with a high of 34. Winds will come from the west-northwest at 9-12 mph.
Wednesday night: Partly cloudy with a low of 23. Winds will come from the west-southwest at 6-9 mph.
Thursday: Mostly sunny with a high of 39.
Thursday night: Partly cloudy with some increasing clouds by dawn and a low of 31.
Friday: Overcast and milder with rain showers by the early evening with a high of 49.
Friday night: Scattered showers ending around 3 a.m., but remaining mostly cloudy. We will see a low of 38.

Extended Forecast:
Saturday: Cloudy skies with showers returning by the late afternoon. Highs 49-52, lows 38-41.
Sunday: Rain/showers. Highs 50-53, lows 40-43.
Monday: Showers/drizzle ending in the morning, with partly sunny skies by the afternoon. Highs expected to reach 43-46 before falling in the afternoon, lows 22-25.
Christmas Eve: Mostly sunny and colder. Highs 32-35, lows 19-22.

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