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Providence weather: Lighter winds for Friday

The weather map for Southern New England at 2 p.m. EDT on April 25, 2014. Partly sunny skies and lighter winds are expected.
The weather map for Southern New England at 2 p.m. EDT on April 25, 2014. Partly sunny skies and lighter winds are expected.

Forecast discussion: Despite the bright sunshine filling the skies of Providence, you must have noticed the wind. A high pressure ridge is trying to build over New England, but the ridge is still meeting resistance from the low pressure system now in the Canadian Maritimes. This clash helped create a tight pressure gradient, which in result created the strong winds. T.F. Green Airport received gusts as high as 43 mph at 4 p.m. A Wind Advisory was put in effect until 7 p.m.

High temperature forecast for April 25, 2014

However, the low continues to make its way east, allowing winds to diminish through the overnight. However, with clear skies expected tonight, there is a Frost Advisory in effect for Washington County from 3 a.m. to 7 a.m. The reason for the advisory is due to the start of the growing season in the area. Temperatures may fall to near freezing near the coast, so please bring in potted plants, and cover any vegetation that remains outside.

We will see partly sunny skies for Friday, as a low pressure system makes its way out of eastern Missouri. However, we will have two low pressure systems within the same storm system, creating the storm to rotate near Southern New England Friday night into early Saturday morning. We will see showers early Saturday morning, with the second low staying over Northern New England. This will allow for scattered showers and light rain through the day. The system will move offshore Sunday morning, with partly sunny skies by noon.

A low of cold air will come down from Canada after Monday afternoon, thanks to a strong upper level low which will remain over the Northeast U.S. Despite late April sunshine, high temperatures will only reach the lower 50’s by Tuesday. A new low pressure system will slowly move over the Northeast by early Wednesday morning, and we will see showers and light rain throughout Wednesday. Right now, the long range computer models suggest showers will remain overhead for all of next Thursday. However, the European model suggests the precipitation will be lighter and will end before the end of the day. For now, my confidence in the forecast after Wednesday afternoon is low. The American model is suggesting this low will remain stationary, and continue to give us rainfall into the weekend.

72 hour forecast:

Tonight: Clear skies with winds diminishing and a low of 37.
Friday: Sunny through the morning, but partly sunny by the late afternoon. We will see a high of 61 with winds shifting to the south-southeast at 8-11 mph.
McCoy Stadium Forecast (6:15 p.m. vs. Rochester): Partly sunny, 57.
Friday night: Cloudy with scattered showers by 1 a.m. and a low of 42. Winds will come from the southeast at 9-12 mph.
Saturday: Showers with intermittent rain and a high of 51.
Saturday night: Cloudy with isolated showers and a low of 39.
Sunday: Isolated showers by 7 a.m. with partly sunny skies by the late morning. We will see a high of 54.
Sunday night: Partly cloudy with a low of 41.

Extended Forecast:
Monday: Mostly sunny. Highs 55-58, lows 40-43.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny. Highs 51-54, lows 39-42.
Wednesday: Increasing clouds during the overnight, with showers/light rain by mid-morning. Highs 50-53, lows 42-45.
Thursday: Showers throughout the day. Highs 53-56, lows 43-46.

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