Average temps now, but watching a Saturday storm
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) —
The wind will be sticking around again today. The reason for all this wind is that low pressure sitting over the Canadian Maritimes will be cut off from the jet stream and high pressure over the Great Lakes will press up against the ocean system to create tighter gradient to funnel the winds through a little faster than normal.
Until this pattern can break down, the winds will remain quite active through the afternoon. Clouds will continue to be thrown in our direction as that Maritime low sends spokes of energy down across the region, but the good news is that we will be staying dry.
A stubborn closed-off low pressure center over the Canadian Maritimes will spin in another round of light showers.
That moves out slowly into Thursday, with winds lightening up as a result. High pressure firmly builds in on Friday for a pleasant end to the work week.
Saturday remains a big question mark here in the forecast center. A fairly potent storm will set it’s sights on the eastern seaboard, and with the timing of the storm moving in Friday night, the possibility of snow at the onset is looking more likely. The uncertainty lies more on the positioning of the storm, with some computer models pushing the system further to the south. In either case, expect Sunday to be the drier weekend day.
The American Model (GFS) has snow for central RI, wintry mix near New Bedford, rain along the cape.
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WEDNESDAY: Partial sunshine, remaining blustery. Highs in the low to mid 40s.
THURSDAY: Sun & clouds, lighter winds. Highs mid 40s.
FRIDAY: Mostly sunny, clouds increasing late. Winds south turning east 5-15mph. Highs in the upper 40s.
SATURDAY: Watching a storm. Models are starting to agree on how this next round of wintry weather will play out. Likeliest scenario is some degree of snow developing Friday night into early Saturday morning, with mixing possible into the day on Saturday. Prepare for slick to slipper conditions.
SUNDAY: Clouds breaking for some sunshine. Chilly with highs in the upper 30s.
As we look ahead toward the weekend, another storm system will be working into the Ohio Valley and then redeveloping on the coast just south of New England. Much like the last several storms that tracked here it looks like snow will develop late Saturday and most likely mix with or change to rain in southernmost New England. However, there is conflicting outcomes from the European and American model guidance.
Don’t forget to set the clocks ahead one hour as Daylight Saving Time arrives on Saturday night!
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TODAY: Increasing clouds throughout the day with temperatures rounding out in the upper 30’s. Winds, Breezy NNW 10-20 MPH.
TONIGHT: Decreasing wind with lows in the upper 20s. Winds NW 5-10 MPH.
THURSDAY: Partly sunny. Highs mid 40s.
FRIDAY: Partly sunny. Highs upper 40s.
SATURDAY: High’s in the 40’s. Models are beginning to agree on a wintry mix of weather to play out. After 9pm and before 4am we reach full saturation in the atmosphere to produce the wintry mix, and that combined with us hitting the freezing mark would make conditions slippery overnight.
ABC6 Stormtracker Meteorologist Skylar Spinler