Forecast discussion: At the moment, a few snow showers are remaining over northern Rhode Island at the moment. This is due to an upper level low moving over New England. A few flurries are falling in Pawtucket. This weak wave will move offshore this evening, so we will see some ocean effect snow showers until 9 p.m. By then, a strong high pressure system over eastern Canada at the surface will bring dry weather for the next few days.
The high will slowly move offshore, allowing the winds to turn from the northeast to the southwest. This will allow milder air to filter up from the south. We will notice this change in temperature on Friday, when our high temperatures almost reach 40 degrees. By Saturday, we will actual reach the normal temperature for this time of the year. However, it will be short lived.
A cold front will come down from eastern Canada, and also provide us with some possible snow showers late Saturday night into Sunday. However, the snow showers will end before noon, with mostly sunny skies expected before sunset. Let me remind everyone that we turn our clocks ahead one hour Sunday morning at 2 a.m.
The next chance for any precipitation will be Monday, when a weak cold front will give us the chance for a possible mix of rain and snow showers in the morning. The precipitation should change to rain, but all precipitation ends by the middle of the afternoon. High pressure will bring drier weather for Tuesday, before a slow moving cold front will bring some rain and/or snow showers Wednesday. There may be enough cold air in the lower levels of the atmosphere to make this a wet snow, not the fluffy, dry snow we have seen in earlier snow storms. You will notice our high temperatures are not very cold, but are still slightly below normal.
72 hour forecast:
Tonight: Passing snow showers end, with partly cloudy skies after midnight. We will see a low of 13.
Thursday: Mostly sunny skies with a high of 29. Winds will come from the east-northeast at 8-11 mph.
Thursday night: Partly cloudy with a low of 17. Winds will come from the east-northeast at 3-6 mph.
Friday: Mostly sunny and milder with a high of 39.
Friday night: Mostly cloudy with a low of 28.
Saturday: Partly sunny with a high of 44.
Saturday night: Mostly cloudy with isolated snow showers around 10 p.m. and a low of 29.
Sunday: Mostly cloudy with possible snow showers ending by the late morning. Mostly sunny skies expected before sunset. Highs 37-40, lows 23-26.
Monday: Mostly cloudy with possible snow/rain showers in the morning, ending by the mid-afternoon. Highs 40-43, lows 28-31.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with increasing clouds through the evening. Highs 40-43, lows 24-27.
Wednesday: Cloudy with rain/snow showers in the early morning, becoming rain showers by mid-morning. Highs 36-39, lows 31-34.