Forecast discussion: Well, I hope everyone had a great 2014, as we move on to another year. We will begin 2015 tonight with clear skies and cold temperatures. Expect lows in the lower 20’s if you happen to be outside for the clock to strike midnight. We will keep the colder temperatures through the rest of the week.
A cold dome of air is settling over the central U.S. at the moment. A strong high pressure system over Oklahoma is keeping most of the eastern U.S. under dry weather, except for some lake effect snow showers in the Great Lakes. We may see a passing snow shower over Block Island and Nantucket early Thursday morning. Otherwise, it will not be until Saturday night that we will see the next chance at precipitation.
The computer models continue to indicate a low pressure system over eastern Texas will bring moisture over New England by Saturday afternoon. There may be a passing snow shower by late Saturday afternoon or early evening. The main moisture will arrive by the late night hours. We will enough cold air in place that the precipitation will start off as snow. However, a warm front will push through on Sunday, helping to change the precipitation from snow to a wintry mix to plain rain. We will see showers continue into Sunday night, before the front moves offshore early Monday morning.
We will see a brief period of dry weather on Monday, as we await a possible Alberta Clipper. At this time, it appears we will see light snow showers for Tuesday night, and continue into Wednesday morning. This may be the first accumulating snowstorm of the winter season. So far, Providence has only received 0.9 inches of snow.
72 hour forecast:
Tonight: Happy New Year! Clear skies expected with a temperature of 23 at midnight and 19 overall.
New Year’s Day: Mostly sunny and windy with a high of 34. Winds will come from the west-southwest at 15-18 mph. Wind chills will make it feel like the upper teens.
Thursday night: Partly cloudy with a low of 25. Winds will come from the west-southwest at 9-12 mph.
Friday: Partly sunny with a high of 38.
Friday night: Partly cloudy with a low of 26.
Saturday: Mostly sunny in the morning, with increasing clouds through the afternoon. We will see a high of 35.
Saturday night: Overcast with snow showers arriving by 8 p.m. Snow showers will mix with sleet or freezing rain by 1 a.m. before becoming rain by 3 a.m. We will see a low of 33.
Sunday: Rain tapers to showers by the late morning. Highs 47-50, lows 28-31.
Monday: Precipitation may end as snow showers by 4 a.m. and becoming mostly sunny. Highs 31-34, lows 19-22.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny during the morning, with mostly cloudy skies by the early evening. Light snow is possible by 8 p.m. Highs 29-32, lows 19-22.
Wednesday: Light snow ends by 9 a.m. Partly sunny skies expected the rest of the day. Highs 30-33, lows 20-23.