Forecast discussion: Currently a strong low pressure system is centered over western New York. This low will be moving quickly this evening, as the warm front keeps our temperatures well above freezing. We will feel strong winds during the night, as well as possible thunderstorms embedded in bands of heavy rain. If you have any Christmas decorations not tied down, you may want to go outside and do it now. Wind Advisories and Wind Warnings are now in effect until 3:00 AM Wednesday morning. To look at the graphic, click here. The rain will dissipate to showers in the morning, before ending by mid-morning. The cold front associated with the low will move through Rhode Island during the day. So, expect temperatures to fall into the middle to upper 30’s by sunset. Winds will also be decreasing, but coming from the west-northwest. High pressure will bring drier air over the state Wednesday night, and help drop our lows to the upper teens. On Thursday night, a quick moving Alberta Clipper system will pass through Rhode Island Friday afternoon, giving us a few rain or snow showers. The system will be moving quickly to sea Saturday morning. Another quick moving Alberta Clipper could provide us with some rain/snow showers by Sunday afternoon. High pressure will build in behind the Clipper, giving us dry weather to start the next workweek. However, temperatures will struggle to reach freezing on Tuesday.
72 hour forecast:
Tonight: Rain, heavy at times, with possible embedded thunderstorms. I’m expecting a half inch to inch of rain. It will also be quite windy. Temperatures will fall to a low of 44. Winds will be southwest 20-30 mph, with gusts of 40-45 mph.
Wednesday: Rain dissipating to showers, ending by the morning commute. Partly sunny skies expected by the afternoon. We will see a high of 45 in the morning, with temperatures falling into the 30’s. Winds will come from the west-northwest at 13-18 mph, with gusts of 35 mph.
Wednesday night: Clear to partly cloudy skies and much colder, with the low falling to 19. Winds will come from the west-northwest at 10-15 mph.
Thursday: Mostly sunny with a high of 35.
Thursday night: Increasing clouds, with a few flurries, and a low of 28.
Friday: Cloudy, with light snow/rain showers in the late afternoon, and a high of 43.
Friday night: A mix of rain/snow showers early, and a low of 29.
Saturday: Morning rain/snow showers. Highs 38-41, lows 27-30.
New Year’s Day: More clouds than sun, possible late afternoon snow/rain showers. Highs 42-45, lows 30-33.
Monday: Partly sunny. Highs 38-41, lows 23-26.
Tuesday: Partly to mostly sunny. Highs 31-34, lows 19-22.