Forecast discussion: We are beginning to see any rain changeover to freezing rain or sleet north and west of Providence, with a few flakes of snow mixed in at my weather center in Pawtucket. There will be several more hours of precipitation, changing over to wet snow, before it begins to taper off in the pre- dawn hours Friday morning. There is the chance of a coating to an inch of wet snow north of Providence, while northwest Rhode Island could see 1-2 inches. This will make for a messy and possibly slippery morning commute. A Freeze Warning is in effect for much of Rhode Island from 4 AM until 8 AM Friday morning. High pressure will bring sunny skies to us this afternoon, and bring near freezing temperatures tomorrow night. The next storm I am watching is from the precipitation that gave Denver a few inches of snow a few days ago. A low pressure system will form off the coast of North Carolina. Many of the computer models are coming in agreement of this low forming. The bad news is the models disagree on the speed and movement of the low. The American and European model keep the low much closer to the coast, making for a windy, rainy start Saturday afternoon, before changing over to wet snow late Saturday night. There is the chance that Providence would see 1-3 inches, with 2-5 inches north and west of the capital city. A new high pressure system will bring mostly sunny skies, and we will return to seasonable temperatures. On Thursday, there is the slight chance of seeing some showers from another coastal low, but my confidence in Thursday’s forecast is quite low.
72 hour forecast:
Tonight: We will see a changeover to wet snow north and west of Providence. Central RI will see a mix of rain and snow, with south coastal RI briefly changing over to wet snow before the moisture leaves a few hours later. North and west of Providence will see 1-2 inches of wet snow, while everyone else will see a coating to an inch, mostly on grassy areas. The mercury will fall to 32 tonight.
Friday: Any rain/snow showers and wet snow showers end by sunrise, and becoming mostly sunny the rest of the day, I’m expecting a high of 48, with northwest winds at 7-10 mph.
Friday night: Clear to partly cloudy skies, with a low of 34. Winds will be from the north-northeast at 4-7 mph.
Saturday: Becoming overcast, with rain developing in the afternoon. Precipitation changes to wet snow in the late afternoon. Winds will be blustery, with a high of 43, then dropping into the middle 30’s.
Saturday night: Wet snow, and a low of 34. At this time, south of Providence would see 1-3 inches, north and west of Providence 3-5 inches by Sunday morning.
Sunday: Snow showers end in the morning, with clearing skies through the afternoon, and a high of 42.
Sunday night: Clear skies, with a low of 31.
Monday: Mostly sunny. Highs 49-52, lows 39-42.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny. Highs 51-54, lows 42-45.
Wednesday: Mostly sunny. Highs 55-58, lows 41-44.
Thursday: Cloudy, chance of showers/light rain. Highs 50-53, lows 42-45.