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Providence weather: Won't need the ark on Monday

The weather map for Southern New England at 2 p.m. EDT on March 31, 2014.
The weather map for Southern New England at 2 p.m. EDT on March 31, 2014.

Forecast discussion: A low pressure system centered off the coast of New Jersey brought substantial rainfall to Rhode Island on Sunday. According to T.F. Green Airport in Warwick, we received a little over 4.50 inches of rain since the first hundredth of an inch was recorded yesterday morning. Between 2 and 8 a.m. on Sunday, 2.70 inches of rain fell. You may have heard or saw it this morning if you happened to be up. This rainfall caused streets to flood and several rivers to become flooded.

High temperature forecast for March 31, 2014

In New Bedford, it made some streets totally flooded. To read and see the photos from this morning’s flooding, click here. The Pawtuxet and Pawcatuck Rivers went over their flooding stages today, and will not lower until Tuesday morning. Unfortunately, the low will remain stationary this evening, meaning the threat of more light rain remains possible. The low will begin to move off into the Atlantic by Monday night. A high pressure ridge from Canada will build over New England for the next few days.

It appears the weather will be just fine on Tuesday. For those baseball fans, the Boston Red Sox will be starting to defend their world championship in Baltimore. The weather looks O.K. to for the second game of the season in Maryland. The ridge will remain intact through the middle of the week. The ridge will begin to break down by Friday night, as a low pressure system works its way north and east from the Ohio River Valley. We will feel the effects from the warm front first, as showers will arrive Saturday morning. We will see rainfall through Sunday morning. However, a second low over New York may provide us with drizzle and mist for the rest of the day.

You will notice that temperatures will be rather seasonable for this time of the year. The coldest part of the forecast will be the overnight lows for the next couple of evenings. Temperatures will fall to near freezing. After Tuesday, we will see high temperatures in the lower to middle 50’s.

72 hour forecast:

Tonight: Breezy with drizzle and showers. Patchy fog is possible. We will see a low of 34.
Monday: Showers/light rain and windy with a high of 43. Winds will come from the north-northwest at 17-21 mph.
Monday night: Showers ending around 8 p.m. We will see a low of 32 with winds coming from the north-northwest at 12-17 mph.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny with a high of 48.
Tuesday night: Partly to mostly cloudy with a low of 34.
Wednesday: Partly sunny with scattered afternoon showers. Any shower activity will end by 7 p.m. We will have a high of 53.
Wednesday night: Partly cloudy with a low of 36.

Extended Forecast:
Thursday: Partly to mostly sunny. Highs 52-55, lows 36-39.
Friday: Partly to mostly sunny. Highs 50-53, lows 37-40.
Saturday: Cloudy with showers/rain by 8 a.m. Highs 48-51, lows 36-39.
Sunday: Showers/rain ends by 8 a.m. with drizzle and mist the rest of the day. Highs 46-49, lows 36-39.

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