Forecast discussion: So far, the only thing we have seen in Providence, and most of Rhode Island, is some sunshine. However, more moisture will be moving over us, and we should begin to see some light snow showers starting in the next few hours.
Looking over Southern New England, eastern Massachusetts, along with the Cape and the Islands, has seen about 2 inches so far, thanks in part to ocean effect snow showers. A weak area of low pressure will move offshore of the Delmarva Peninsula, and will help create another shot of light snow into early Monday morning. But, we will not see any high snowfall amounts, as we could see a dusting to half an inch.
We should see some sunshine in the afternoon, but we will also see some strong winds. This is due to the low moving out, and a high pressure ridge trying to move in. Another weak area of low pressure will move through Rhode Island on Tuesday. It may help create a few snow showers Tuesday morning. Otherwise, we will see a mix of clouds and sunshine.
By Wednesday, another weak low pressure system, which will come out of Alberta, will help create some scattered snow showers. Once again, we will only see a dusting to half an inch at this time.
High pressure will move over New England on Thursday, giving us a brief respite from all these weak low pressure systems. By Friday, the computer models are predicting a low pressure system coming out of the Ohio River Valley. This low will start us off with some snow showers Friday morning, but warmer air will begin to filter back into New England. Temperatures may actually reach 40 degrees, and our snow showers will turn to rain showers. The following weekend looks dry at the moment, as high pressure remains over the eastern U.S.
72 hour forecast:
Tonight: Light snow showers starting around 7 p.m. with a low of 21. A dusting to an inch is still possible across the state.
Monday: Snow showers turn to flurries before sunrise. It will become partly to mostly sunny and windy with a high of 33. Winds will increase from the west-northwest at 15-18 mph.
Monday night: Mostly cloudy with a low of 18. Winds will decrease from the west-northwest to 4-8 mph.
Tuesday: Some scattered snow showers in the morning; otherwise, partly sunny skies with a high of 30.
Tuesday night: Partly to mostly cloudy with a low of 19.
Wednesday: Scattered snow showers by the late morning with a high of 34.
Wednesday night: Snow showers ending during the evening commute, with slow clearing. We will see a low of 20.
Thursday: Mostly sunny. Highs 36-39, lows 24-27.
Friday: Cloudy with a mix of rain/snow showers by late morning. Highs 39-42, lows 24-27.
Saturday: Mostly sunny. Highs 38-41, lows 24-27.
Sunday: Mostly sunny. Highs 39-42, lows 25-28.