Forecast discussion: After seeing a few light showers Tuesday morning, we remained cloudy with high temperatures being 20 degrees cooler than Monday’s high temperature of 62. To add insult to injury, we will see our first snowfall of 2013. In fact, northwest Providence County is currently under a Winter Weather Advisory until 4 P.M Wednesday afternoon.
Right now, a low pressure center moving off of North Carolina is bringing some showers to Maryland and Delaware. After midnight, we will begin to see some light snow showers work towards Rhode Island. By 3 A.M. Wednesday morning, the entire state should be seeing light snow, with some heavier snowfall by 5 A.M. As we begin the heart of the morning commute, we will begin to see a mixture of snow and sleet, before mixing with rain by about 9 A.M. The area north and west of Providence will change over to all rain by 11 A.M. before we see scattered rain showers for the rest of the day. So, the back roads and streets may be full of slush during the evening commute. Skies will begin to slowly clear Wednesday night, and we will follow that with high pressure ridging moving over Southern New England.
We will see dry weather for the weekend, and well into early next week. However, we will be seeing a few cold fronts move through the region. The fronts will not have any precipitation, but it will bring colder air over the area, starting on Thursday evening. Some warmer air will return in time for the weekend, but a new arctic cold front will bring our temperatures down to the middle 20’s to end the extended weekend. I will be watching the long range models carefully, as the American and European models are watching a coastal low develop near Long Island next Monday night. We could see some decent snowfall totals by next Tuesday, if the low stays closer to the east coast.
72 hour forecast:
Tonight: Light snow will begin along the coast around 2 A.M. before moving into northern Rhode Island by 4 A.M. We will see a low of 30.
Wednesday: A wintry mix of snow, sleet, and rain by 8 A.M. over I-95 and I-295 before changing to all rain by 11 A.M. in the whole state. We will see a high of 39. We will see one to two inches in Providence, and two to four inches north and west of the city. Winds will come from the north-northeast at 4-7 mph.
Wednesday night: Scattered showers end after the evening commute with clearing skies and a low of 29. Winds will shift to the west at 6-9 mph.
Thursday: A mixture of sunshine and clouds with a high of 41.
Thursday night: Partly cloudy and colder with a low of 18.
Friday: Mostly sunny with a high of 31.
Friday night: Clear skies with a low of 20.
Saturday: Partly sunny. Highs 38-41, lows 26-29.
Sunday: Partly sunny. Highs 38-41, lows 17-20.
Martin Luther King Day: Partly sunny. Highs 25-28, lows 14-17.
Tuesday: Cloudy with possible light snow. Highs 25-28, lows 20-23.