Forecast discussion: Well, Rhode Island braced for yet another addition of a few inches of snow by Monday morning. However, the moisture stayed well offshore, with only an inch being seen off the south coast. Now, Providence will brace for more below normal temperatures for most of the week.
The cold temperatures will begin this evening. Thanks to a strong high pressure system, along with Arctic air from Canada, overnight temperatures will fall below double digits, with wind chills making it feel more like zero. The high will bring dry weather for Tuesday, and increasing clouds Tuesday night will increase the overnight low temperatures 10 degrees.
On Wednesday, a weak upper level disturbance will pass through New England. It will bring the chance for some snow showers coming down from New Hampshire and Vermont and over the region by Wednesday afternoon. The moisture will remain over the area until early Thursday morning. However, little accumulation is expected.
As we head into the weekend, warmer air from the south will begin to filter into the area. Temperatures will actually try to make it to 40 degrees on Friday, which is slightly below normal for early March. Also, the computer models are taking a low pressure system that develops in the Southeastern Gulf of Mexico out to sea. So, the weather will remain dry entering the weekend. By Saturday, a weak cold front may bring some scattered snow showers by Saturday morning, but will end quickly by the mid-afternoon. Another quick disturbance may bring snow showers for several hours on Sunday. Also, we will be turning our clocks ahead on Sunday at 2 a.m. We will begin the second day of Eastern Daylight Time with dry weather for Monday.
72 hour forecast:
Tonight: Clear skies and bitterly cold with a low of 8. Wind chills will make it feel like 0 to 5 below zero.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny with a high of 27. Winds will shift to the west-southwest at 5-8 mph by the early afternoon.
Tuesday night: Partly to mostly cloudy and a low of 19. Winds will shift to the north-northwest at 2-4 mph.
Wednesday: Partly sunny with possible snow showers starting in the late afternoon. We will see a high of 33.
Wednesday night: Mostly cloudy with scattered snow showers and a low of 21.
Thursday: Scattered snow showers end by mid-morning with partly sunny skies by the afternoon. We will see a high of 34.
Thursday night: Partly cloudy with a low of 24.
Friday: Mostly sunny to start, with increasing clouds by the late afternoon. Highs 38-41, lows 26-29.
Saturday: Partly sunny with possible snow showers during the morning, but ending by the mid-afternoon. Highs 40-43, lows 25-28.
Sunday: Cloudy with morning snow showers, ending by the evening. Highs 35-38, lows 21-24.
Monday: Mostly sunny. Highs 38-41, lows 27-30.