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Providence weather: Rain tonight, colder on Wednesday

The weather map at 2 p.m. EDT for Southern New England on April 16, 2014. Sunny skies and diminishing winds are expected.
The weather map at 2 p.m. EDT for Southern New England on April 16, 2014. Sunny skies and diminishing winds are expected.

Forecast discussion: Although temperatures reached the middle 60’s in Providence on Tuesday afternoon, we are going to feel some colder air over the next several days. Also, we can expect a lot of rainfall and wind through the evening and early morning.

High temperature forecast for April 16, 2014

So far, T.F. Green Airport has reported our strongest wind of 32 mph with gusts of 41 mph at 2 p.m. Also, we have received .41 inches of rainfall since this morning. The cold front is inching into western Connecticut, with another line of heavy rainfall expected around 5:30 p.m. We will see heavy rain during the overnight, so there may be some flooding on the streets and some minor flooding in our rivers and streams. A Flood Watch is in effect for the state until 8 a.m. Wednesday. There is the chance of seeing between 2 to 3 inches of rain before it ends.

Also, colder air is slowly moving over Rhode Island. Temperatures will fall into the upper 30’s tonight, and strong winds have created a Wind Advisory for the state until midnight. As the cold front moves offshore, rain will taper to showers, and at the very end I would not be surprised if some parts see a few wet snowflakes.

High pressure behind the front will slowly build over the state. As the high’s center inches closer, strong northwest winds will slowly diminish during the afternoon. We will have bright sunshine, but that cold air will only allow temperatures to reach the upper 40’s. Temperatures during the overnight will fall below freezing. So, you may need to turn the heat back on for the next few nights.

By Friday night, a series of weak low pressure systems will be all around New England. A low will be coming into the area from New York. Meanwhile, a large mass of lower pressure will be to our south. Finally, a quasi-stationary low will be offshore the Gulf of Maine. The lows will help create some scattered showers Saturday, before ending early Sunday morning. A high pressure ridge will give us good weather for Sunday, and part of Monday. You will notice our temperatures will slowly increase back to seasonable conditions.

A new area of low pressure to our southwest will bring the chance for some more showers Monday night, before ending early Tuesday morning. By then, a cold front coming down from Canada will bring the chance of more showers by Tuesday afternoon. Temperatures will return to normal for mid to late April, with highs in the upper 50’s to lower 60’s.

72 hour forecast:

Tonight: Heavy rain, windy, and patchy fog. There is a slight chance for a thunderstorm. A Wind Advisory is in effect until midnight. There could be some ponding on some roadways. Rain tapers to showers to 2 a.m. and may change over to a few wet snowflakes before ending by 6 a.m. We will see a low of 37.
Wednesday: Partly cloudy with diminishing winds and cooler. We will see a high of 47. Winds will come from the north at 10-13 mph by mid-afternoon.
Wednesday night: Partly cloudy and very cold with a low of 30. Winds will come from the north-northeast at 7-10 mph.
Thursday: Mostly sunny with a high of 48.
Thursday night: Partly cloudy with a low of 33.
Friday: Mostly sunny with increasing clouds by sunset and a high of 51.
Friday night: Overcast skies with showers developing around 5 a.m. and a low of 37.

Extended Forecast:
Saturday: Cloudy with scattered showers. Highs 53-56, lows 40-43.
Sunday: Scattered showers end around 2 a.m. and becoming mostly sunny by mid-morning. Highs 56-59, lows 39-42.
Monday: Partly sunny with possible showers by the evening, but ending early Tuesday morning. Highs 59-62, lows 42-45.
Tuesday: Cloudy with scattered showers by the late afternoon. Highs 58-61, lows 44-47.

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