Forecast discussion: An arctic cold front will be pushing through Rhode Island this evening, and it will bring much colder air behind it. Temperatures this evening will fall into the upper teens to lower 20’s across the state. Meanwhile, a low pressure system off the southern coast of North Carolina will help bring some precipitation across the region early Friday morning.
However, most of the precipitation will remain offshore. But, the Cape and Islands will see the most snowfall, with about 1-3 inches falling. For Providence, we will see a coating to an inch. Locations north and west of Providence will only see some flurries.
The colder air will be brief, as winds from the southwest begin to blow in for Friday night and Saturday. Our high temperatures on Saturday and Sunday will reach the lower to middle 40’s. But, a second arctic cold front will be passing through New England by late Sunday afternoon. So, temperatures will be falling as the Patriots play their football game Sunday evening. It will also be breezy, so wind chills could be in the upper single digits to lower teens. The cold weather remains on the holiday on Monday.
I am still watching the computer models for a developing low pressure system off the east coast Monday evening into Tuesday. Right now, it seems the low will intensify, but remain well south and east of us. We may still see some flurries or light snow, but accumulations look very light at the moment. High pressure will build in by the middle of next week. However, high temperatures will remain below freezing.
72 hour forecast:
Tonight: Cloudy with light snow showers developing around 1 A.M. Providence will only see a coating to an inch, with Newport County seeing 1-2 inches. We will have a low of 20.
Friday: Snow showers ending by the late morning, with mostly sunny skies by the afternoon. We will see a high of 29 with northwest winds at 11-14 mph.
Friday night: Partly cloudy skies with a low of 23. Winds will turn to the south-southwest at 5-8 mph.
Saturday: Partly sunny and becoming breezy with a high of 45.
Saturday night: Mostly cloudy with a low of 33.
Sunday: Partly sunny and breezy with a high of 42.
Sunday night: Mostly cloudy and colder with a low of 18.
Martin Luther King Day: Partly sunny. Highs 27-30, lows 12-15.
Tuesday: Cloudy with possible afternoon flurries. Highs 24-27, lows 12-15.
Wednesday: Partly sunny. Highs 25-28, lows 15-18.
Thursday: Mostly sunny. Highs 27-30, lows 17-20.