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Providence weather: Milder with showers for Friday

The weather map for Southern New England at 2 p.m. EDT on March 28, 2014. Showers will begin around this time.
The weather map for Southern New England at 2 p.m. EDT on March 28, 2014. Showers will begin around this time.

Forecast discussion: Providence’s weather was a little calmer on Thursday, as the Nor’Easter moved into the Canadian Maritimes early in the morning. We had bright sunshine, but below normal temperatures. One of the reasons for the cold temperatures was the southerly winds. The ocean temperatures right now is only in the upper 30’s. So, the ocean breeze helped keep temperatures in the middle 30’s along the coastline.

High temperature forecast for March 28, 2014

As we move into Thursday night, a low pressure system over Wisconsin will bring in increasing clouds during the overnight. As the low slowly progresses east, we will begin to see some showers from the system by the afternoon from its cold front. It will continue into early Saturday morning, before the precipitation moves offshore. Unfortunately, this will not be the end of the rainfall for the weekend. A second low forming over southern Tennessee will move offshore of North Carolina. As the low slowly moves north, we will see rainfall along its warm front. Rainfall may be heavy at times, as the computer models are predicting up to 3 inches of rain by the middle of Monday morning. Also, temperatures may be cold enough Sunday night to have the precipitation mix with some sleet.

By Monday afternoon, we will have partly sunny conditions. We will keep some sunshine and seasonable temperatures during the daytime hours. A weak low pressure system will pass through Northern New England, giving us the chance of an isolated shower Wednesday afternoon. A new warm front will pass south of New England on Thursday, helping to produce some scattered showers by Thursday morning. Temperatures will remain quite consistent for highs and lows Tuesday through Thursday.

72 hour forecast:

Tonight: Partly to mostly cloudy skies expected and not as cold with a low of 32.
Friday: Mostly cloudy and windy with showers arriving by 2 p.m. We will see a high of 53 with south-southwest winds of 15-20 mph.
Friday night: Showers ending by 3 a.m. but remaining cloudy with a low of 42. Winds will diminish to 6-10 mph and come from the west-southwest.
Saturday: Cloudy with showers arriving by 3 p.m. Showers turn to moderate rain by 5 p.m. We will see a high of 51.
Saturday night: Moderate to heavy rain with a low of 38.
Sunday: Moderate to heavy rain tapering to showers by the early evening. We will see a high of 42.
Sunday night: Showers may mix with some sleet at times. We will see a low of 33.

Extended Forecast:
Monday: Showers/sleet end by mid-morning, and becoming partly sunny by the afternoon. Highs 45-48, lows 33-36.
Tuesday: Partly to mostly sunny. Highs 48-51, lows 33-36.
Wednesday: Partly sunny with a possible afternoon shower. Highs 49-52, lows 34-37.
Thursday: Cloudy with scattered showers by mid-morning. Highs 48-51, lows 34-37.

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