Forecast discussion: A low pressure system now moving into the Gulf of Maine brought a few inches of snowfall to Providence early Thursday morning. However, the precipitation changed to rain, and also received about an inch and a half of rainfall. As the low moves away from New England, some leftover snow showers are falling north of the capital city. We will see clearing skies after midnight, with temperatures falling into the middle 20’s. So, for the early morning commute, please take precaution, as there may be patches of black ice still around.
We will see a ridge of high pressure move over the Northeast U.S. for tomorrow, which will give us mostly sunny skies. The ridge will protect us from any moisture until Saturday. This is when we are watching a developing area of low pressure in the Southeast U.S. move along the coastline. At this time, the majority of precipitation from this low will remain to our south. We should see the beginning of light snow by Saturday afternoon, and continue into Sunday morning. At this time, I would say about 2-4 inches of snow will fall in Providence. But, if the storm moves closer to the region, the snowfall totals could rise.
As we move into next week, some polar air will be remaining over New England. We will be seeing the coldest temperatures of the winter season. If you are heading out to First Night, temperatures when the ball drops could be in the upper teens. There is also the possibility of an Alberta Clipper bringing some afternoon snow showers on New Year’s Day.
Once the fast moving low passes offshore, high pressure will take over our weather pattern. We should see sunny skies and clear nights. This will definitely help radiational cooling, with temperatures at night falling into the middle teens. High temperatures may not even make it to freezing.
72 hour forecast:
Tonight: Leftover snow showers ending, with clearing skies after midnight. We will see a low of 25.
Friday: Mostly sunny with a high of 38. Winds will come from the northwest at 11-14 mph.
Friday night: Partly to mostly cloudy with a low of 24. Winds will decrease to 3-6 mph from the northwest.
Saturday: Mostly cloudy with light snow developing in the afternoon and a high of 36.
Saturday night: Light snow with a low of 25.
Sunday: Light snow ending by sunrise, becoming partly sunny in the afternoon, with 2-4 inches of snow possible. We will see a high of 31.
Sunday night: Partly cloudy and very cold with a low of 15.
Monday: Mostly sunny. Highs 30-33, lows 19-22.
New Year’s Day: Mostly cloudy with possible afternoon snow showers. Highs 30-33, lows 13-16.
Wednesday: Mostly sunny. Highs 27-30, lows 13-16.
Thursday: Mostly sunny. Highs 28-31, lows 14-17.