Forecast discussion: A weak high pressure ridge brought sunshine through Monday afternoon to Providence, before increasing clouds came through the rest of the day. We will be seeing cloudy skies by midnight, as a cold front moves east. Ahead of this front is a round of showers and light rain. It should arrive by about 5 a.m., and will see rainfall throughout the day. The showers will move offshore by tomorrow night.
A weak high pressure ridge will bring more clouds than sunshine on Wednesday. The computer models continue to suggest a low pressure system will form offshore of New Jersey. This low will bring the chance for some snow showers Thursday night. We will not see much snowfall, as the system moves quickly offshore and towards the northeast Friday. By Friday night, an Arctic front will help bring colder air back over New England. We will lose the milder conditions, as daytime highs on Saturday only reach the middle to upper 30’s.
The good news is we will see a dry weekend, as some of us will have next Monday off. But, temperatures will actually be below normal for this time of the year, with highs around freezing, and lows in the middle to upper teens.
72 hour forecast:
Tonight: Cloudy skies by midnight, with an isolated shower possible by 5 a.m. We will see a low of 42.
Tuesday: Cloudy with showers and light rain through the day. We will see a high of 52 with south-southwest winds of 5-8 mph.
Tuesday night: Showers end around 10 p.m. with a low of 34. Winds will come from the northwest at 2-5 mph.
Wednesday: Partly sunny and a high of 47 with temperatures dropping through the mid-afternoon.
Wednesday night: Mostly cloudy with a low of 33.
Thursday: Partly to mostly sunny with a high of 38.
Thursday night: Mostly cloudy with possible snow showers during the evening and a low of 29.
Friday: Partly sunny with possible early evening snow showers. Highs 39-42, lows 27-30.
Saturday: Partly to mostly sunny. Highs 35-38, lows 19-22.
Sunday: Mostly sunny. Highs 30-33, lows 16-19.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day: Partly to mostly sunny. Highs 29-32, lows 17-20.