Forecast discussion: In Providence today, we broke a record. We received 1.22 inches of rainfall today, which breaks the old record of 1.06 inches that stood since 1913. Over the next couple of days, we will see the chance for more precipitation, especially on Friday.
For now, the low pressure system that brought that much rain is currently over western New York. As the low slowly moves eastward, we will see a little bit of a dry slot within this system. Much of the moisture will remain to our north or to our northwest. However, we may still see an occasional shower or some drizzle on Thursday, with mild temperatures.
By Thursday night, some snow showers may move into Southern New England. Much of this moisture will come from lake effect snow from the Great Lakes. We may see a dusting to an inch on Friday, before temperatures become too warm Friday afternoon. Temperatures will fall below freezing on Friday night.
As we move into the weekend, it appears we will break our streak of three weeks with either rain or snow. However, the low will continue to bring some weak lake effect snow showers towards southern New England. There is the chance for some brief snow showers Saturday night, before we see drier air move over us on Sunday.
We will continue to see dry weather through the start of the workweek, before a weak area of low pressure brings the chance for some afternoon showers for next Wednesday. Temperatures will be in the middle 30’s to lower 40’s during the day, with temperatures in the middle to upper 20’s at night.
72 hour forecast:
Tonight: Cloudy with drizzle and an occasional shower after midnight with patchy fog. We will see a low of 35.
Thursday: Mostly cloudy with drizzle and an occasional shower with a high of 47. Winds will come from the south-southwest at 4-7 mph.
Thursday night: Scattered showers changing to snow showers with a low of 34. Winds will come from the north at 6-9 mph.
Friday: Scattered snow showers ending in the morning with a high of 43.
Friday night: Mostly cloudy with a low of 28.
Saturday: Partly to mostly sunny with a high of 39.
Saturday night: Mostly cloudy with possible snow showers and a low of 24.
Sunday: Partly to mostly sunny. Highs 36-39, lows 22-25.
Monday: Partly sunny. Highs 36-39, lows 24-27.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny. Highs 38-41, lows 25-28.
Wednesday: Mostly cloudy with possible afternoon showers. Highs 39-42, lows 29-32.