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Providence weather: Snow showers around for Wednesday

The weather map for Southern New England at 1 p.m. EST on March 5, 2014. Scattered snow showers will only bring a coating to a half inch of snowfall.
The weather map for Southern New England at 1 p.m. EST on March 5, 2014. Scattered snow showers will only bring a coating to a half inch of snowfall. www.weather.gov

Forecast discussion: Right now, Providence is seeing some calm weather, as high pressure ridging over the northeast has brought a mixture of sunshine and clouds. This high pressure ridging will remain over New England for the next few days. However, despite the high, there is the chance of seeing some snow showers moving through the area by tomorrow night.

High temperature forecast for March 5, 2014
High temperature forecast for March 5, 2014www.weather.gov

A weak cold front will be coming down from Canada and into Northern New England this evening. The front will push down into Massachusetts by tomorrow afternoon. The front will not actually move through Rhode Island, as the front will slowly dissipate as the high pressure system over Canada digs further south. So, we might see a coating of snow to as much as an inch in some localized areas seeing snow squalls.

As we move through the rest of the week, the high will protect the region, keeping a strong developing area of low pressure away from the east coast. So, the low will move out to sea. This will allow for a weak cold front to pass over the area on Saturday, and we could see some snow showers, especially during the morning to mid-afternoon hours. Another weak disturbance passes on Sunday, providing us with possible snow showers from Sunday afternoon into early Monday morning.

As we head into the weekend, you will notice that temperatures will also begin to rise. Thanks to winds shifting to the south, warmer air will begin to filter back into Southern New England. High temperatures will be reaching the lower 40’s for Saturday, which is what we should be seeing in early March. We will see dry weather next Monday, with a weak cold front bringing the chance for some scattered snow showers next Tuesday.

72 hour forecast:

Tonight: Mostly cloudy with some flurries and a low of 19.
Wednesday: Partly sunny with possible snow showers starting by the afternoon. We will see a high of 32. Winds will come from the north-northeast at 4-7 mph.
Wednesday night: Mostly cloudy with scattered snow showers ending around 1 a.m. and a low of 21. Winds will come from the north at 8-11 mph. A coating total is expected in snowfall.
Thursday: Partly sunny skies and a high of 30.
Thursday night: Partly cloudy with a low of 21.
Friday: Mostly sunny and milder with a high of 38.
Friday night: Mostly cloudy with a low of 28.

Extended Forecast:
Saturday: Partly sunny with possible snow showers during the morning, but ending by the mid-afternoon. Highs 41-44, lows 25-28.
Sunday: Mostly cloudy with possible snow showers by mid-afternoon, ending by midnight. Highs 37-40, lows 21-24.
Monday: Mostly sunny. Highs 38-41, lows 26-29.
Tuesday: Cloudy with possible snow showers starting at midnight, but ending around 9 a.m. Snow showers return during the evening. Highs 35-38, lows 27-30.