Forecast discussion: I hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving, although we still had passing snow showers through the early evening and overnight on Black Friday morning. Here in Providence, all the little snow showers just made a coating on the cars as some heading out looking for deals. Eventually, we had some sunshine by the late morning, with some low level clouds during the afternoon.
At this time, we have a strong high pressure system between Virginia and North Carolina. Despite the high, there is a very weak disturbance passing through northern Rhode Island, giving us an occasional flurry or two. As we move into this evening, skies will clear, and with calm winds temperatures will fall rapidly into the upper teens. Winds will begin to turn to the southwest by tomorrow night and see increasing clouds from a warm front. The extra cloud cover will give us a milder overnight temperature, as we will remain around freezing heading into Sunday.
As the front pushes through, we may see some isolated snow showers, but temperatures will increase through the early morning, turning to rain showers. I’m predicting temperatures will reach the lower 50’s on Sunday, and will continue into Monday. But, the warm front would have pushed into Canada, and temperatures will begin to fall. Colder air from a high pressure system from our northwest will lower our temperatures back below freezing Monday night.
A weak cold front will be reaching us by late Tuesday night. Some warmer air ahead of the low will bring our temperatures back into the lower 50’s on Wednesday. We should see rain showers early Wednesday morning, with a brief lull early Thursday morning. Temperatures will reach the upper 40’s on Thursday, but once again colder air will push back into Southern New England. The precipitation may become a rain/snow mix by Thursday night into next Friday morning.
72 hour forecast:
Tonight: Clear skies and quite cold with a low of 18.
Saturday: Partly sunny skies with a high of 35. Winds will turn to the west-southwest at 4-7 mph by the early afternoon.
Saturday night: Mostly cloudy and not as cold with a low of 31. We may see some passing snow showers after midnight, but end by 6 a.m. Winds will come from the south-southwest at 5-8 mph.
Sunday: Mostly cloudy and milder with a high of 52.
Sunday night: Overcast with low of 43.
Monday: Isolated showers begin by 8 a.m. but end by noon. Partly to mostly sunny skies expected for the rest of the day. We will see a high of 52 with temperatures falling after 4 p.m.
Monday night: Partly cloudy and colder with a low of 27.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny with increasing clouds before sunset and much colder. Highs 34-37, lows 27-30.
Wednesday: Cloudy with isolated showers by 1 a.m. Highs 49-52, lows 36-39.
Thursday: Showers end just after midnight. Showers return by mid-morning. Showers may become a wintry mix before midnight. Highs 46-49, lows 34-37.
Friday: Wintry mix ends by 11 a.m. Some sunshine expected before sunset. Highs 43-46, lows 28-31.