Forecast discussion: High pressure offshore gave Providence today some sunshine mixed in with some clouds. The high will continue to influence our weather for the next couple of days. By Monday night, we will see the other side of the spectrum in weather.
The high will keep a low pressure system that is moving through eastern Virginia south of us. But, a weak cold front from Canada will push through tomorrow afternoon. Winds will slowly increase in the afternoon, before decreasing during tomorrow night.
Because I am forecasting clear skies for tomorrow night, temperatures will fall down into the lower 20’s. Some inland areas may even see temperatures in the upper teens. The sun will shine during the morning on Monday, before we begin to see some increasing clouds in the afternoon. This will be due to a low pressure system moving up from Tennessee and Kentucky.
By Monday night, the low will move into the Mid-Atlantic, and we will actually see light snow. In fact, we may see a few inches on the ground by Tuesday morning. As temperatures slowly warm above freezing, precipitation will change over to some sleet and freezing rain, before becoming all rain in the afternoon.
Also, some of this rainfall may be heavy at times. There is the chance for some street and river flooding in the state, as computer models are forecasting 1 to 2 inches of rain. The precipitation will end late Tuesday night, and any moisture on the streets could turn to black ice. So, please take precaution if you have to be driving early Wednesday morning.
As we move through the rest of the week, the weather pattern will be quiet. We are looking at partly to mostly sunny skies right into next Saturday, although temperatures will remain below normal. Long range computer models are forecasting temperatures will remain below normal into the end of the month.
72 hour forecast:
Tonight: Partly cloudy with a low of 26.
Sunday: Sunny and breezy with a high of 39. Winds will come from the northwest at 12-16 mph.
Sunday night: Clear to partly cloudy and a low of 20. Winds will come from the north-northeast and decrease to 3-6 mph.
Monday: Mostly sunny up until mid-morning, with increasing clouds and snow showers by the evening commute. We will see a high of 37.
Monday night: Rain along the coast, with light to moderate snow inland. We will see a low of 30.
Tuesday: Snow turning to rain by the late morning, before ending in the afternoon. Rain may be heavy at times. We will see a high of 40.
Tuesday night: Precipitation ending in the late evening as snow showers, but remaining mostly cloudy. We will see a low of 29.
Wednesday: Partly sunny. Highs 39-42, lows 26-29.
Thursday: Mostly sunny. Highs 40-43, lows 27-30.
Friday: Mostly sunny and breezy. Highs 41-44, lows 28-31.
Saturday: Mostly sunny. Highs 42-45, lows 27-30.