Forecast discussion: Well, the low pressure system moved a little quicker out to sea, and temperatures have been above freezing for most of Sunday. So, any precipitation remained drizzle in northern Rhode Island, with precipitation changing over to light snow in Cranston at the moment. Over the next few hours, cooler air will move from north to south, changing our precipitation to snow showers. However, we will only see light snowfall before all precipitation ends before midnight.
High pressure will be moving into the Ohio River Valley by Monday morning, and we will see mostly sunny skies, with temperatures in the upper 30’s to lower 40’s. We will remain dry right into Tuesday afternoon, with some increasing clouds expected. We will be watching a low pressure system develop along a cold front Tuesday afternoon over the Southeast U.S. The secondary low will bring some more rainfall to Southern New England before midnight Tuesday evening. Some rain may be heavy at times during early Wednesday morning. As the precipitation continues into Wednesday night, we will see a mix of rain and sleet in the northern part of the state, while remaining rain south of Providence towards the coastline.
All precipitation will end by early Thursday morning, and there is still the chance of some drizzle and light showers. As we move into Thursday night, the primary low will remain over western New York. This low may help create some scattered snow showers on Friday, as some lake effect snow showers from the Great Lakes tries to move into New England. The moisture passes to our east by Saturday, before the chance of another ocean storm brings some possible light snow late Sunday night. At this time, the models are unsure how far out to sea the low will be located. So, we may not see any precipitation at all.
72 hour forecast:
Tonight: Light drizzle changing over to flurries and light snow. I’m only expecting a dusting to inch from the coast to Providence, and 1-2 inches for northwestern Rhode Island. We will see a low of 29.
Monday: Lingering flurries before dawn, with mostly sunny skies by the afternoon and a high of 41. Winds will come from the north at 6-9 mph.
Monday night: Partly cloudy with a low of 27. Winds will be light and variable.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny in the morning, with increasing clouds through the afternoon and a high of 43.
Tuesday night: Cloudy skies with showers developing before midnight and a low of 34.
Wednesday: Rain, heavy at times in the morning, and a high of 44.
Wednesday night: Rain changing to a mix of rain and snow and a low of 35.
Thursday: Mostly cloudy. Highs 43-46, lows 30-33.
Friday: Cloudy with scattered snow showers. Highs 39-42, lows 27-30.
Saturday: Partly to mostly sunny. Highs 40-43, lows 24-27.
Sunday: Cloudy with some light snow possible by the evening. Highs 36-39, lows 26-29.