Forecast discussion: The cold front that brought us rain in the afternoon in Providence will be passing over the state in the next few hours. Rain will end by early Wednesday morning, and there is the chance of patchy fog, especially in areas that still has snow pack from last week’s snowstorm.
Although the rain will move offshore, we will still see more clouds than sun for Wednesday. However, highs will still be above normal, with temperatures reaching the lower 40’s. However, colder air from Canada will begin to come down from the north by tomorrow night. Temperatures will only reach freezing. Also, a weak disturbance could produce a few rain and/or snow showers, before ending before dawn.
As we move towards the end of the week, our temperatures will remain below or just average for this time of the year. It is a bit unusual to see colder temperatures like this for this time of the year. However, twenty years ago on this date, parts of New England received heavy snowfall from the “Storm of the Century”.
By Saturday, an Alberta Clipper may produce a few rain and snow showers for the state. A very strong high pressure system will give us a sunny and dry Sunday and Monday. But, I will be watching the models carefully for Tuesday. A system forming in the central U.S. may have enough cold air behind it to produce some light snow. At this time, if the low remains more to our west, we will remain on the warmer side of it, meaning we will see more rain. However, it is still unclear, as we are still six days away from the event.
72 hour forecast:
Tonight: Light rain and showers end by about 2 a.m. Cloudy skies remain, with patchy fog, especially in areas with high snow pack. We will see a low of 39.
Wednesday: Partly sunny with a high of 52. Winds will come from the west-northwest at 11-15 mph.
Wednesday night: Cloudy with some isolated rain/snow showers and a low of 31. Winds will come from the west-northwest at 6-9 mph.
Thursday: Mostly cloudy and cooler with a high of 41.
Thursday night: Mostly cloudy and cold with a low of 23.
Friday: Partly to mostly sunny with a high of 40.
Friday night: Mostly cloudy with a low of 29.
Saturday: Isolated snow/rain showers by the early morning, ending by midnight. Highs 40-43, lows 24-27.
Sunday: Sunny. Highs 38-41, lows 25-28.
Monday: Mostly sunny. Highs 40-43, lows 27-30.
Tuesday: Rain/snow showers. Highs 39-42, lows 31-34.