Forecast discussion: A warm front over Rhode Island at the moment is giving us milder temperatures than yesterday. We will see increasing clouds through the evening, with some scattered showers beginning a few hours before sunrise Saturday morning. A low pressure system from Alberta, Canada will move through later today, bringing steadier rain showers this afternoon. You may even hear a rumble of thunder this afternoon. The good news is the showers will end before the evening, giving dry weather to enter 2012. Skies will be sunny the first day of the year, but another quick clipper system will bring a few showers Sunday evening. After that, high pressure will bring drier weather for Monday. But, a cold blast of Arctic air will come behind the cold front that passed through Sunday night. We will feel the coldest days of the young winter season Tuesday night and Wednesday, as low temperatures will reach the single digits. Wind chills Tuesday evening will be below zero, as we expect blustery conditions. Temperatures will return to seasonable levels by midweek.
72 hour forecast:
Tonight: Cloudy skies with a shower before sunrise, with a low of 40.
Saturday: Scattered showers in the morning, with steadier rain showers in the afternoon. There is the slight chance for a thunderstorm. I’m calling for a high of 52, with winds southwest 4-7 mph shifting to the northwest in the afternoon.
Saturday night: Clear to partly cloudy, with a low of 35. Winds will come from the northwest at 5-9 mph.
New Year’s Day: Mostly sunny and a high of 51.
Sunday night: A few showers and a low of 35.
Monday: Partly to mostly sunny with a high of 43.
Monday night: Partly cloudy and colder with a low of 19.
Tuesday: Partly sunny and windy. Highs 26-29, lows 7-10.
Wednesday: Mostly sunny. Highs 23-26, lows 12-15.
Thursday: Mostly cloudy. Highs 30-33, lows 17-20.
Friday: Partly sunny. Highs 34-37, lows 20-23.