Forecast discussion: A weak disturbance is helping to bring some snow showers over eastern Rhode Island at the moment. Based on the radar loop, all precipitation will end by about 10 p.m. in the state. We have seen enough snow to cover the cars here in Pawtucket, with just a coating on the grass and streets. However, be careful if you have to drive tonight, as the wet streets will become black ice.
A much strong cold front will pass through New England on Sunday, helping to bring our temperatures below normal once again. We will only see highs in the lower 20’s, but increasing cloud cover during the late afternoon will keep temperatures warm Monday night. By this time, a weak warm front will help create some light snow showers by Monday morning. However, temperatures will increase above freezing. So, any snow showers will change to rain showers. Any showers will end by the evening commute.
By Monday night, another blast of cold air will return to New England, and our temperatures will barely reach 20 degrees for highs on Tuesday. As we move into the end of the week, winds will slowly turn back to the south and southwest, allowing for warmer air to move into New England. Despite a small cold front from Canada Thursday night which will bring snow showers, temperatures on Friday will be near freezing. Temperatures will go above freezing next Saturday. A low pressure system in the Tennessee River Valley will extend a warm front into the Mid-Atlantic. So, any snow showers early Saturday morning will changeover to rain showers by mid-morning. Once the cold front comes through Saturday night, temperatures will remain in the middle teens into next Sunday morning.
72 hour forecast:
Tonight: Light snow ends by 10 p.m. We will see about a coating to an inch in Providence. Some isolated areas could see 2 inches in squalls. We will have a low of 14.
Sunday: Mostly sunny and windy with a high of 21. Winds will come from the west at 13-17 mph. Increasing clouds expected by sunset.
Sunday night: Mostly cloudy with flurries by 3 a.m. and a low of 20. Winds will come from the south-southwest at 8-11 mph.
Monday: Snow showers through 9 a.m. before changing to rain showers. Precipitation ends by 6 p.m. A coating to an inch is possible before changing to rain. We will see a high of 38.
Monday night: Partly cloudy with a low of 11.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny with a high of 19.
Tuesday night: Partly cloudy and colder with a low of 10.
Wednesday: Mostly sunny. Highs 20-23, lows 10-13.
Thursday: Mostly sunny through noon, with increasing clouds and snow showers by 7 p.m. Highs 26-29, lows 17-20.
Friday: Snow showers end by 3 a.m. with partly sunny skies. Highs 31-34, lows 20-23.
Saturday: Snow showers by midnight, changing to rain showers in the morning. Rain ends by 5 p.m. Highs 34-37, lows 16-19.