Light Snow Overnight Sunday

High pressure over the Quebec Province of Canada is providing our sunshine today but is also in a position to keep our northerly wind flowing. This is bringing us the cool, dry air here in the ocean state and a wind chill is with us now through the weekend making it feel about ten degrees cooler than the actual air temperature.  Clouds return Saturday as a large ocean storm pushes this moisture in from the Atlantic. Expect highs near 35 both days and a northeasterly wind off the ocean making it feel damp and chilly.  The clouds may produce a sprinkle or spotty light shower Saturday night through Sunday.

From Alberta Province in Canada, an Alberta Clipper low pressure area will move through quickly Sunday evening and Sunday night. This will likely produce light snow showers Sunday night. A light accumulation is not out of the question with a coating possible and it may last into the morning commute.  Keep in mind…. IF it’s snowing Monday morning for the commute, and ground temperatures are below 32, this could create some slick spots on untreated surfaces.  These systems can intensify last minute, so we will watch it’s development closely this weekend.  Monday afternoon, as that system pulls away, we’ll return to sunshine and seasonal temperatures for mid December through mid-week.

Snow Storm History:

This weekend, Dec. 11-12 is the 30th anniversary of the Great Nor’easter of 1992 that impacted southern New England with up to 30 inches of snow including NW Rhode Island! Newport and Washington counties received 3 to 6 inches, with rain on Cape Cod, but the farther north and west you went, the more snow there was! The two bullseye jackpots of 20 to 30 inches was northern RI to Worcester County, MA and the Berkshires of western MA. An elevation enhanced snowfall for sure. This storm ranks in the top 10 for most impactful Nor’easters for New England.

This Afternoon: Sunshine, Mid 40s. N 5-15.

Tonight: Clear start, cloudy finish. Temperatures falling through the 30s this evening with a low near 30. It feels like 20s. with the wind chill. N 5-10.

Saturday: Cloudy and breezy. Staying dry. Near 35. Wind chill near 25.  NNE 10-15

Sunday: Cool and cloudy with spotty light shower or sprinkles. Expect evening snow showers.  High near 35. NE 5-10.

Sunday Night: Snow showers likely with a period of light snow possible. Expect a coating possible on grassy surfaces. Low near 30.

Monday: Early flurries or leftover snow shower. Cloudy start, then mainly sunny, Near 40.

Tuesday: Sunny, 40s.

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