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Providence weather: Sunny but colder on Sunday

The weather map for Southern New England at 2 p.m. EDT on March 16, 2014. Mostly sunny skies are expected.
The weather map for Southern New England at 2 p.m. EDT on March 16, 2014. Mostly sunny skies are expected.

Forecast discussion: After a mild Saturday in Providence, with showers in the morning and then back in the early afternoon, we will see some dry weather in store for the next few days. However, my eyes are still watching a possible low pressure system which could still bring a little light snow set for Monday.

High temperature forecast for March 16, 2014

On Saturday, a cold front passed through the region earlier in the afternoon. It brought a few scattered showers during the early morning before some sunshine appeared in the late morning. By the early afternoon, some areas were hit with some quick showers, as the cold front passed through the area. Also, winds will be gusty at times this evening, as the front moves offshore and high pressure ridging rushes in behind the front. As the high continues moving closer to the Northeast, winds will only be breezy during the day. The high will move over the Mid-Atlantic for Sunday night.

As we move into Monday, the computer models have been playing with the scenario for light snow for Rhode Island. A second low pressure system forms along the warm front to our south, and this low brings moisture up into the state. However, over the last 48 hours, it appears the models are changing their tune. The high will actually be far enough south to keep the low from moving any further northward. In this case, some light snow is possible for the south coast and Block Island by late Monday morning. The high would then move southward, and the low would then move out to sea. All light snow showers will end by the early evening. I am not expecting any heavy snowfall, but an inch or two is possible.

The high will continue to give us dry weather for Tuesday, with some increasing clouds during Tuesday night. A low pressure system coming from the Great Lakes will bring some rain showers Wednesday night, but end by early Thursday morning. High pressure will give us mostly sunny skies for Friday, with a quick moving low bringing a cold front through the region early Saturday morning. We will see showers early Saturday morning, but ending by the late afternoon. You will notice temperatures will increase dramatically during the daytime after Tuesday. Some warmer air from the south will give us slightly above average temperatures for the rest of the week.

72 hour forecast:

Tonight: Partly cloudy and breezy with a low of 26. Winds could gust up to 25 mph at times.
Sunday: Mostly sunny skies and cooler with a high of 34. Winds will come from the northwest at 11-14 mph.
Sunday night: Partly cloudy with a low of 17. Winds will come from the north-northwest at 6-9 mph.
Monday: Mostly cloudy with the chance for light snow for the south coast and Block Island by late morning. We will have a high of 30.
Monday night: Partly cloudy skies expected with a low of 19. Any light snow for the south coast and Block Island ends by 7 p.m.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny with a high of 38.
Tuesday night: Increasing clouds towards dawn with a low of 25.

Extended Forecast:
Wednesday: Mostly cloudy with rain showers by 8 p.m. Highs 44-47, lows 33-36.
Thursday: Showers end by 4 a.m. with partly sunny skies. Highs 49-52, lows 29-32.
Friday: Mostly sunny, with increasing clouds after sunset. Highs 44-47, lows 31-34.
Saturday: Rain showers by 2 a.m., ending by 4 p.m. Highs 48-51, lows 32-35.

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