Dangerous Wind Friday
High pressure will deliver a clear sky through Wednesday and a lighter wind. Our next weather maker is a storm system that tracks through the great lakes on Thursday and Friday. This will bring a mild flow of air and a strong southerly wind to Rhode Island. Highs reach into the 50s with a wind-driven rain Friday. We could see some issues along shoreline communities in areas that are vulnerable to wave action. We will likely see wind watches/warnings posted by the National Weather Service for Friday as gusts are likely to reach 50 to 60 mph.
Following this storm, a cold front will push through Friday night and open the door to a surge of frigid air both Saturday and Sunday for the holiday weekend. Wind chill will likely reach for zero on Christmas Eve. High pressure builds in on Christmas Day with dry, cold air and sunshine.
The Winter Solstice is Wednesday at 4:48 pm. Officially, astronomical winter begins! The sun at solar noon is over 21 1/2 degrees south latitude, the Tropic of Capricorn. Our length of daylight increases going forward. Length of Day is 9 hours and 8 minutes today and one month from the solstice, on Jan. 21st we will gain 30 minutes!
Tonight: Starlit and Calm. Low near 26.
Wednesday: Sunshine, near 40. Light wind.
Thursday: A.M. Sun to P.M. clouds, Highs mid 40s. Rain arrives late night.
Friday: Wind driven rain. Mild with highs in the mid 50s. SE wind 40-60 mph
Christmas Weekend: Windy with bitter arctic cold Saturday. Feels like zero! Sunny Sunday. Highs near 30.