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Providence weather: Mostly sunny skies, and I'm not fooling around

The weather map for Southern New England at 2 p.m. EDT on April 1, 2014. Mostly sunny skies are expected.
The weather map for Southern New England at 2 p.m. EDT on April 1, 2014. Mostly sunny skies are expected.

Forecast discussion: The low pressure system that brought heavy rain Sunday morning continued its onslaught on Rhode Island on Monday. With colder air coming in from Canada, some showers and light rain today mixed with some sleet and snow flurries. All in all, Rhode Island received anywhere between 3 to 6 inches of total precipitation since Saturday. Mother Nature will give us some nice, dry weather for the next few days, and that’s no April Fool’s joke.

High temperature forecast for April 1, 2014

The precipitation shield is leaving Southern New England, with just a few snow and rain showers over the Cape at the moment. Despite the dry weather, Flood Warnings will continue in Rhode Island until Tuesday. This is due to several rivers in the area having minor to moderate flooding. It is expected that the rivers will recede below their flood stages by Tuesday evening.

High pressure ridging will remain over New England for the next few days. We will see mostly sunny skies for Tuesday, with some moisture moving into our atmosphere Tuesday night. A weak frontal boundary will come through the area on Wednesday, but the computer models suggest there will be no precipitation. A high pressure system over central Canada will keep a strong low pressure system now over southern Minnesota from entering New England until Friday evening.

We will begin to see more showers from this system before midnight early Saturday morning. By this time, the ridge will begin to weaken, as the low pressure system pushes through New England. Unlike the previous weekend, this system will be offshore by early Saturday night. We will return to sunny skies for Sunday. We will continue to keep dry weather entering next Monday. Temperatures will remain slightly below to seasonable conditions, starting on Wednesday.

Also, I just want to let everyone know I will begin to give forecasts for home games for the Pawtucket Red Sox starting this Wednesday night. This will be the fourth consecutive year I will be providing the forecasts. For non-baseball fans, the Pawtucket Red Sox is the Triple-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox. Since opening night at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket is Thursday night, I will provide a forecast giving you weather conditions the night before the game. The temperature I give in the forecast will be based on the scheduled first pitch.

72 hour forecast:
Tonight: Partly cloudy skies during the overnight with a low of 30. Some black ice is possible for the morning commute.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny with a high of 49. Winds will come from the north-northeast at 7-10 mph.
Tuesday night: Partly to mostly cloudy with a low of 34. Winds will be light and variable.
Wednesday: Partly sunny with a high of 53.
Wednesday night: Mostly cloudy with a low of 37.
Thursday: Partly sunny with a high of 55.
Thursday night: Mostly cloudy with a low of 36.

Extended Forecast:
Friday: Partly sunny with showers arriving before midnight. Highs 49-52, lows 37-40.
Saturday: Light to moderate rain ending by 7 p.m. Highs 50-53, lows 36-39.
Sunday: Mostly sunny. Highs 49-52, lows 34-37.
Monday: Mostly sunny. Highs 52-55, lows 36-39.

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