Forecast discussion: Here in Providence, we had a sunny, mild day, despite the strong northwest winds that some parts of the state had in the afternoon. Some afternoon wind gusts reached 50 mph. Well, we will see a carbon copy on Sunday, before another arctic cold front brings some of the coldest weather we have seen this winter season.
The strong winds will be due to the tightening of the pressure gradient. This is between a high pressure system well south of us, and a low pressure system moving into eastern Canada. The closer the two systems get to each other, the stronger the winds become. Although we will see dry weather tomorrow afternoon, the front will help lower our temperatures through the late afternoon. In fact, a Wind Advisory may be put in effect from the National Weather Service by the afternoon. Also, temperatures will be dropping during the Patriots game in Foxboro, with wind chills only in the teens for the game. So, please dress in layers if heading to the stadium for tailgating and/or viewing the game.
By Sunday night, lows will fall into the upper teens. For Martin Luther King Jr. Day, temperatures will not get above freezing during the day. Meanwhile, we will be watching a developing area of low pressure to our south Monday night. Although the computer models are agreeing on the solution that the low will stay far offshore, we may still see about 1-3 inches in the capital city, with about 3-5 inches along the south shore, as well as the Cape and Islands. However, check back in tomorrow, as I will continue to get new model information.
We will remain very cold during the overnight hours, as temperatures may fall into the single digits Tuesday and Wednesday night. We may have another chance at some accumulating snowfall for Friday, although the models keep the low well offshore. We may see light to moderate snowfall Friday night into Saturday afternoon. But, due to the fact that we are still six days away from the forecast time, my confidence is still quite low.
72 hour forecast:
Tonight: Clear skies with a low of 35.
Sunday: Partly to mostly sunny and breezy with a high of 45. Winds will come from the west at 15-20 mph with gusts of 30 mph.
Sunday night: Partly cloudy and colder with a low of 19. Winds will come from the west-northwest at 8-11 mph.
Martin Luther King Day: Partly sunny with a high of 30.
Monday night: Mostly cloudy with snow showers starting around 10 P.M. and a low of 17.
Tuesday: Cloudy with snow showers ending in the early afternoon and a high of 25.
Tuesday night: Mostly cloudy and bitterly cold with a low of 9.
Wednesday: Partly sunny. Highs 20-23, lows 9-12.
Thursday: Mostly sunny and breezy. Highs 22-25, lows 11-14.
Friday: Cloudy with possible light snow starting in the late afternoon. Highs 29-32, lows 20-23.
Saturday: Light to moderate snow possible until the early afternoon. Highs 32-35, lows 19-22.