Forecast discussion: After viewing the recent weather maps, Providence will be seeing less precipitation than previously forecasted. However, the milder air will still arrive this weekend, making it feel more like spring. Of course, winter officially begins on Saturday at 5:11 p.m.
For now, we will be missing winter for the next few days. A strong warm front is over northern New England, but has become stationary. So, most of the precipitation from this front will remain in that part of New England. Temperatures will rise into the lower to middle 50’s, with some patchy fog is possible. This will be due to the milder air racing over the cold snow pack, creating the fog. By tomorrow night, we should see some precipitation fall, but it will be light.
On Sunday, we will probably see the most rainfall, as moisture out of northern New York comes southward into Rhode Island. Any showers activity will end by early Monday morning. By then, the cold front associated with this system will be moving through. We will reach the lower 50’s before temperatures drop through the afternoon.
It will feel more like Christmas on Tuesday, as we will have right sunshine, thanks to a strong high pressure system. Temperatures will hover around freezing, and will be just as cold for Christmas Day. But, partly cloudy skies are expected for Tuesday night, as you know who flies across our skies. We will continue to have dry weather into the next weekend. Temperatures during the day will range from the middle 30’s to lower 40’s.
72 hour forecast:
Tonight: Mostly cloudy with patchy fog in areas with a low of 41. An isolated shower is possible from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m.
Saturday: Mostly cloudy and very mild with a high of 54. Winds will come from the south-southwest at 8-12 mph. Patchy fog will develop in the late afternoon.
Saturday night: Cloudy with some drizzle or an isolated shower possible and a low of 47. Winds will come from the south-southwest at 7-11 mph.
Sunday: Overcast skies and warm with scattered showers by the mid-afternoon. We will see a high of 62. Patchy to dense fog possible, especially with snow cover still on the ground.
Sunday night: Scattered showers end by 1 a.m. and a low of 49. Patchy fog is possible, especially inland.
Monday: Partly sunny with some drizzle or a scattered shower possible until the afternoon. We will see a high of 52. Temperatures will fall during the afternoon with the passage of a cold front.
Monday night: Partly cloudy and colder with a low of 29.
Christmas Eve: Mostly sunny and colder. Highs 30-33, lows 16-19.
Christmas Day: Mostly sunny. Highs 29-32, lows 22-25.
Thursday: Partly to mostly sunny. Highs 39-42, lows 27-30.
Friday: Partly sunny. Highs 36-39, lows 25-28.