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Providence weather: Record cold morning, warmer afternoon for Friday

The weather map for Southern New England at 2 p.m. EDT on March 14, 2014. Mostly sunny skies is expected.
The weather map for Southern New England at 2 p.m. EDT on March 14, 2014. Mostly sunny skies is expected.

Forecast discussion: For anyone who wants to know, Sharon, VT received the highest snowfall amount in Northern New England, receiving 26 inches. For Providence, it was more of an evening of rain Wednesday night, with a little bit of snow early Thursday morning. Foster, RI received the heaviest snowfall, measuring in at 3.4 inches. For Friday, Providence will see sunny skies and dry weather. However, things will be quite chilly as we start the day. With clear skies and calm winds, the temperatures will fall to near record lows. The all-time low for Friday morning is 12 degrees, set in 1948. As you can see in my forecast, I am expecting the capital city to break the record.

High temperature forecast for March 14, 2014

Temperatures will warm up through the day, thanks mostly in part to southwest winds that will be strong during the afternoon. Temperatures will remain steady Friday night, as skies will begin to see increasing clouds Friday night. We will see rain showers, as there will be too much warm air in the upper levels to make the precipitation snow. We will see showers into Saturday morning, but skies should begin to clear through the afternoon. Temperatures will rise to near 50 degrees.

Sunday will be dry but cooler as a cold front from the low that brought showers on Saturday passes through New England. As we move into the start of the workweek, my eyes will be watching a low pressure system developing in eastern Texas. This low will quickly move up the east coast and off the Mid-Atlantic coastline for Sunday evening. This low right now will provide us with light snow Monday morning, and continue into the evening commute. I am not expecting heavy snowfall totals, and there is still the chance the system moves further out to sea. For now, I am keeping snow in the forecast, as the computer models continue to track the low more and more back to the west.

We will remain dry with temperatures warming once again on Wednesday. A low pressure system will bring some possible showers by Wednesday night, and continue into Thursday. Southerly winds will help keep temperatures above freezing, as daytime highs on Thursday reach the middle to upper 40’s.

72 hour forecast:

Tonight: Clear skies and bitterly cold with the mercury falling to 11.
Friday: Mostly sunny, breezy, and warmer with a high of 36. Winds will come from the southwest at 12-15 mph.
Friday night: Increasing clouds with possible rain showers by 2 a.m. and a low of 34. Winds will come from the south-southwest at 9-12 mph.
Saturday: Overcast with rain showers by mid-morning, but ending by noon with mostly sunny skies. It will be milder with a high of 50.
Saturday night: Partly cloudy with a low of 28.
Sunday: Mostly sunny skies and cooler with a high of 39.
Sunday night: Increasing clouds with a low of 22.

Extended Forecast:
Monday: Cloudy with light snow developing around 6 a.m. Snow ends around 7 p.m. Highs 30-33, lows 19-22.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny. Highs 35-38, lows 23-26.
Wednesday: Mostly sunny through the early afternoon, with increasing clouds and possible rain showers by 10 p.m. Highs 41-44, lows 30-33.
Thursday: Rain showers ends around 4 p.m. Highs 46-49, lows 30-33.

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