Forecast discussion: A strong high pressure system moving off of North Carolina brought bright sunshine to Providence on Saturday. However, this high is going to be moving into the Atlantic. A cold front moving through the Ohio River Valley will take its place, and will provide us with some snowfall and light rain showers for Rhode Island over the next couple of days.
We will not see the first snowflakes until Sunday morning, as the front settles to our south. Along the front moisture from the Great Lakes and Gulf of Mexico will provide us with light snow showers. Along the coastline, it is very possible that the precipitation may mix with or change over to rain. However, everyone returns to all snow showers by Sunday evening. For snowfall amounts, it appears the computer models agree that the boundary will stay further south than originally forecasted. So, the snow will not be staying as long as we thought on Monday. It appears that by the start of the evening commute, any snowfall will be just around the south coast. All precipitation will end by 9 p.m. with clearing skies before midnight. It looks like just 1-3 inches will fall in Providence, with 2-4 inches right along the south coast. From there, a strong Arctic front will bring colder air back over the region. To see a snowfall map, I’ll take you to a local weather blog by simply clicking here.
Temperatures for the middle of the week will remain well below normal, especially for the first full week of March. However, we will see our winds shift to the south by Thursday. A weak disturbance may even create some isolated snow showers for a small period on Wednesday. By then, high pressure will bring nice weather for Thursday. By Friday, we will actually see temperatures reach 40 degrees. There is also the small chance a low pressure system riding along the east coast will being rain showers during the day, before changing to some snow showers. If not, a secondary low coming off the Great Lakes may provide us with some snow showers next Saturday evening.
72 hour forecast:
Tonight: Partly to mostly cloudy skies with a low of 27.
Sunday: Some flurries around 7 a.m., with light snow showers around 9 a.m. There will be a mix of rain and snow showers from 1 p.m. until 7 p.m. along the south coast. We will see a high of 36 with winds turning to the north-northwest at 5-8 mph.
Sunday night: All precipitation changes back to light snow by 7 p.m. with a low of 20.
Monday: Light snow may taper off to flurries during the early morning. We return to light snow by mid-morning, and continue until the end of the afternoon. We will see a high of 27.
Monday night: Clearing skies by 10 p.m. and cold with a low of 9. I’m expecting 1-3 inches in Providence, with 2-4 inches along the south coast.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny with a high of 25.
Tuesday night: Partly to mostly cloudy and a low of 12.
Wednesday: Partly to mostly sunny with possible snow showers from the morning to early afternoon. Highs 25-28, lows 9-12.
Thursday: Mostly sunny. Highs 31-34, lows 20-23.
Friday: Mostly sunny. Highs 38-41, lows 25-28.
Saturday: Mostly cloudy with possible snow showers by the evening. Highs 40-43, lows 27-30.