Forecast discussion: After seeing about 3 to 5 inches through much of northern Rhode Island, the next worry for drivers tonight will be black ice. Temperatures will go below freezing for inland areas this evening, so please take precaution if you have to drive after midnight to about 8 A.M. Thursday morning. We will see some melting Friday afternoon, as our high temperatures will reach the lower 40’s.
However, we will see some more snow fall Thursday night into Friday morning. An arctic cold front moving into the north central U.S. right now will make its way into New England by tomorrow night. Also, we will see a wave of low pressure track south of New England. The low will actually bring more snow to the Cape and Islands than Rhode Island this time. However, if the low’s track moves further to the east, our snow totals would increase. For now, I’m only seeing 1-2 inches for most of Rhode Island, with the northwestern part of the state only seeing a coating to an inch. However, check back tomorrow night, as I will see the latest computer models Thursday afternoon.
As we move into the weekend, some warmer air from the south will slowly filter back into the region. High temperatures will return to the upper 30’s to lower 40’s. However, after Saturday night, another arctic front will move into the region. Our low temperatures on Sunday evening will return to the middle to upper teens. Highs after Monday will not even make into New England. The low may intensify during Tuesday afternoon, and will bring us some snow. But, how much depends upon if the low does strengthen. Only the United Kingdom model shows so deep low to our south on Tuesday. I will continue to update you each night, but right now my confidence in seeing a possible Nor’easter is quite low. Another clipper system may bring a few snow showers on Wednesday afternoon.
72 hour forecast:
Tonight: Partly cloudy with a low of 29.
Thursday: A mixture of sunshine and clouds with a high of 43. Winds will come from the northwest at 8-11 mph.
Thursday night: Increasing clouds with light snow developing after midnight. It will be colder with a low of 19. Winds will come from the north at 8-11 mph.
Friday: Snow showers tapering through the morning, with mostly sunny skies by the afternoon. We will see a high of 29. 1-2 inches of snow in the capital city is expected by Friday morning.
Friday night: Partly cloudy skies with a low of 20.
Saturday: Partly sunny with a high of 42.
Saturday night: Mostly cloudy with a low of 28.
Sunday: Partly sunny and breezy. Highs 39-42, lows 16-19.
Martin Luther King Day: Partly sunny. Highs 27-30, lows 12-15.
Tuesday: Cloudy with possible light snow. Highs 24-27, lows 15-18.
Wednesday: Partly sunny with possible afternoon snow showers. Highs 25-28, lows 17-20.