Forecast discussion: The showers held off so our young ghosts and goblins could get their treats Thursday night. However, the weather on Friday will not be a trick, as a strong low pressure system brings some impressive wind gusts over the region.
A warm front has moved into Northern New England, allowing our temperatures to be in the lower 60’s. We will see more widespread showers by midnight, with periods of light to moderate rain at times. The worst part of the weather will be winds. The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Advisory in effect for all of Rhode Island from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday. We will see sustained winds near 25 mph during the daytime, with gusts as high as 50 mph. This will definitely take down any leaves still left on trees, and could bring down some small branches. Isolated power outages are possible, as well as some street flooding, from leave blocking any sewer openings.
Precipitation will diminish through the day, and winds will diminish as the cold front moves offshore Friday evening. However, a weak area of low pressure along the front may come through Saturday morning. This will create more showers for the Cape and Islands. For the inland areas, we will see isolated showers into the early afternoon. By Saturday afternoon, high pressure will slowly begin to influence our area.
As the high builds in, we will return to more seasonable temperatures. By Sunday, high temperatures will barely make 50 degrees, and the upper 40’s on Monday. As we move into next week, an upper level ridge will build over the eastern U.S. This will allow warmer air from the south to move northward. We will see above normal temperatures by midweek, as high temperatures reach the lower to upper 60’s. A cold front is expected to move through the area on Thursday, bringing another round of precipitation and colder air.
72 hour forecast:
Tonight: Showers becoming light to moderate rain after midnight with increasing winds. We will see a low of 60 with temperatures actually rising towards dawn.
Friday: Showers with periods of light rain during the morning and early afternoon. It will also be windy during the morning. Precipitation dissipates to showers by the mid-afternoon. All showers end by the evening, and winds will be diminishing. We will see a high of 70 with winds southwest at 20-25 mph. Wind gusts could reach as high as 50 mph at times.
Friday night: Mostly cloudy with a low of 51. Winds diminish to 3-6 mph from the north-northwest.
Saturday: Mostly cloudy with scattered showers, especially in the early morning. We will see a high of 62.
Saturday night: Partly cloudy with a low of 43.
Sunday: Partly to mostly sunny with a high of 50.
Sunday night: Clear skies and cold with a low of 31.
Monday: Sunny and cool. Highs 46-49, lows 33-36.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny and milder at night. Highs 52-55, lows 41-44.
Wednesday: Mostly sunny and milder with increasing clouds by the evening. Highs 61-64, lows 48-51.
Thursday: Overcast with showers/rain developing by the early afternoon. Highs 65-68, lows 43-46.