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Providence weather: Warmer with showers on Wednesday

The weather map for Southern New England at 1 p.m. EST on February 19, 2014.
The weather map for Southern New England at 1 p.m. EST on February 19, 2014.

Forecast discussion: Another day, another snowstorm. The low pressure system that brought more snow to Rhode Island is now moving into the Gulf of Maine. Around the state, Pawtucket and Burrillville received 6 inches, East Providence received 5.5 inches, and Portsmouth received 3 inches.

High temperature forecast for February 19, 2014

Over the next few days, we will no longer be seeing any snow. However, that does not mean we will not be seeing any more precipitation. However, some warmer air from the south will begin to filter into Southern New England. This will allow our high temperatures to go above freezing. But, another low pressure system will bring mostly rain for tomorrow afternoon. It may begin with some wet snow mixing in north and west of Providence in the late morning. This will make driving a little more hazardous, as more slush will be created, and storm drains may be blocked, mostly from all the snowfall we have received the last few weeks. So, please take it easy, especially on secondary roads.

Also, any leftover puddles or slush will re-freeze Wednesday night, as temperatures go below freezing. High pressure will move over the Mid-Atlantic for Thursday, giving us bright sunshine and above normal temperatures. The warm weather will continue into Friday, but a strong low pressure system will bring showers and light to moderate rain for Friday. We will see the strongest melting, as temperatures are forecast to reach 50 degrees. Also, we may see patchy to dense fog on Friday, as warmer air moves over the colder snow pack on the ground.

The milder weather will continue into part of Saturday, before Arctic air from Canada once again brings old man winter back to Rhode Island. We will see high temperatures reach the middle to upper 40’s on Saturday before falling through the daytime. This is due to a strong high pressure system coming out of the eastern Rockies. The high will bring bright sunshine, but it will also bring that Arctic air back into the region. As we look into early next week, the computer models went to develop a low pressure system off the coast of South Carolina, and bring some possible snow showers by next Tuesday evening.

72 hour forecast:

Tonight: Partly to mostly cloudy with a low of 26.
Wednesday: Cloudy with showers and light rain arriving by 11 a.m. We will see a high of 42 with southeast winds of 8-11 mph.
Wednesday night: Rain ends around 10 p.m. Rain may mix with some snow showers north and west of Providence. We will see a low of 30 with winds shifting to the west-northwest at 9-12 mph.
Thursday: Mostly sunny with a high of 45.
Thursday night: Becoming mostly cloudy with showers and light rain beginning after midnight with a low of 35.
Friday: Cloudy with showers/rain ending by 8 p.m. We will see a high of 51.
Friday night: Mostly cloudy with a low of 35.

Extended Forecast:
Saturday: Partly to mostly sunny and cooler. Highs 45-48, lows 28-31.
Sunday: Mostly sunny. Highs 39-42, lows 24-27.
Monday: Mostly sunny with possible evening ocean effect snow showers. Highs 33-36, lows 19-22.
Tuesday: Cloudy with possible evening snow showers. Highs 29-32, lows 20-23.

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