Forecast discussion: After a warm front moved through Southern New England earlier on Monday, it helped bring temperatures up to a high of 62 degrees in Providence! That is well above the average high of 37 degrees we should be seeing for mid-January. For the next few days, though, we will return to more January weather.
A cold front has already passed through Rhode Island earlier today. Along the front is a wave of low pressure, which is bringing sleet and rain to the mid-south. The low will stay south of us Tuesday morning, though it may bring some showers mostly to the south coast. Inland areas may see some passing sleet changing to rain showers by mid-morning. Any shower activity will end around noon. Temperatures tomorrow will only reach the lower 40’s. As we move into Tuesday night, another wave of low pressure along the front will move off of Long Island into early Wednesday morning. However, this time it will be cold enough to see light snow begin to fall. I’m thinking there may be an inch or two of snow on the ground during the morning commute.
However, the precipitation will change to rain showers by the late morning, making for a messy evening commute Wednesday evening. High pressure over the central U.S. will build over the east coast by Thursday, and give us drier weather for the upcoming weekend. It should be fair weather in Foxboro for the Patriots Sunday evening. By Monday, arctic air will move over the Northeast, and our high temperatures will only reach the upper 20’s.
72 hour forecast:
Tonight: Cloudy with scattered rain showers changing to light snow, especially along the south coast, after midnight. We will see a low of 33.
Tuesday: A mix of sleet and rain changes to all rain by mid-morning. All showers end by noon, followed by partly sunny skies and a high of 42. Winds will come from the northeast at 4-7 mph.
Tuesday night: Mostly cloudy with light snow showers starting around 3 A.M. with a low of 31. Winds will come from the east-northeast at 3-6 mph.
Wednesday: Light snow changing to rain showers in the late morning and a high of 40. We will see 1-3 inches of snow before changing over to rain.
Wednesday night: Rain showers end after the evening commute and a low of 29.
Thursday: A mixture of sunshine and clouds with a high of 38.
Thursday night: Partly cloudy with a low of 20.
Friday: Mostly sunny. Highs 32-35, lows 25-28.
Saturday: Mostly sunny. Highs 36-39, lows 26-29.
Sunday: Partly sunny. Highs 35-38, lows 19-22.
Monday: Partly sunny. Highs 27-30, lows 16-19.