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Providence weather: Heavy rain tapers off Thursday

The weather map for Southern New England at 2 p.m. EDT on May 1, 2014. Showers will be tapering off into the early evening.
The weather map for Southern New England at 2 p.m. EDT on May 1, 2014. Showers will be tapering off into the early evening.

Forecast discussion: A strong low pressure system covering the Great Lakes at the moment is starting to bring showers and light rain all over Rhode Island. As we continue through the overnight, heavier precipitation will overtake Southern New England. With the heavier rainfall expected, a Flood Watch is in effect for all of Rhode Island from 6 p.m. tonight until 6 p.m. Thursday.

High temperature forecast for May 1, 2014

This system has brought torrential flooding to parts of the Southeast U.S. last night. In fact, parts of Pensacola, FL received 22 inches of rain in 24 hours. This is about four months of rain. Now, we will not see that much rain, but there is the chance of seeing isolated amounts between two to three inches, especially if there are passing thunderstorms. So, please take precaution if you have to be out during the overnight. There is a decent chance for some street and urban flooding.

As we move into Thursday, the heavier rainfall in the morning will taper off to showers, before the precipitation completely ends by early Thursday evening. High pressure now over the Northwest U.S. will bring drier air for Thursday night and Friday. Also, you will notice temperatures will be increasing into the upper 60’s tomorrow. This is due to a warm front pushing over the region. Temperatures will be slowly decreasing, as some colder air from Canada drifts down into Southern New England.

As we head into the weekend, the low pressure center that created the severe weather this week will finally move out of the Great Lakes and into the U.S.-Canadian border near Vermont by Sunday. The low may help generate a few isolated showers early Sunday morning, with scattered showers arriving by Sunday afternoon. The precipitation will end by early Monday morning.

As we head into early next week, a strong high pressure system will remain over the Northeast U.S. We will see dry weather right into the middle of next week, with temperatures slightly below normal.

72 hour forecast:

Tonight: Heavy rain with possible isolated thunderstorms and a low of 47.
Thursday: Heavy rainfall and patchy fog with a possible thunderstorm tapers off to showers by mid-morning before all rainfall ends by 6 p.m. It will be warmer with a high near 68. Winds will come from the south-southwest at 10-13 mph.

McCoy Stadium Forecast (7:05 p.m. vs. Indianapolis): Cloudy, 64.

Thursday night: Becoming partly cloudy with patchy fog and a low of 52. Winds will turn to the west-northwest at 4-7 mph.

Friday: Partly to mostly sunny skies with a high of 65.
Friday night: Mostly cloudy with a low of 48.
Saturday: Partly to mostly sunny. We will see a high of 63.
Saturday night: Cloudy with isolated showers with a low of 48.

Extended Forecast:
Sunday: Mostly cloudy with scattered showers by 4 p.m. Highs 58-61, lows 43-46.
Monday: Isolated showers end by 2 a.m. Mostly sunny skies during the day. Highs 57-60, lows 42-45.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny. Highs 60-63, lows 42-45.
Wednesday: Mostly sunny. Highs 59-62, lows 42-45.

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