The weekend will begin with an area of light snow or snow showers moving through Southern New England Friday evening. While it will not be a big deal, there may be some slick untreated surfaces as anything that falls will be sticking on contact because of temperatures in the teens to mid 20s and frozen ground due the deep freeze of the past few days. Most places will pick up less than an inch, with a fluffy 1-2″ accumulation possible near the coast. The snow should move through by shortly after midnight, and some clearing is likely by dawn. It will be another very cold night, with lows in the low to mid teens.
Cold, dry weekend
There is not any considerable warm-up in the forecast for the weekend. After starting the day in the teens, the temperature will struggle to get above 25° in Providence on Saturday afternoon. it will be a blustery day, with wind chills in the single digits to low teens. Skies will be mostly sunny. The temperature will tumble into the upper single digits to low teens by dawn Sunday. Wind chills may fall below zero again. Sunday afternoon looks sunny, but chilly, with highs in the mid to upper 20s.
Wintry mix possible Monday PM
After a cold start Monday, the temperature will climb into the upper 20s by noon. The leading edge of much milder air will be accompanied by some light snow and mixed precipitation moving through the Ohio Valley on Monday morning. That snow and mixed precip. will most likely move through Southern New England late Monday afternoon through the evening. It may have an impact on the evening commute as a minor snow accumulation is possible.
Brief midweek warm-up
The transition to some milder weather will continue on Tuesday. It looks mostly cloudy with highs in the upper 30s to low 40s. Some passing rain showers are possible on Tuesday. A cold front will be preceded by rain showers sometime between Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning. Before the front arrives, the temperature will likely jump into the 40s inland, and maybe the low 50s from the coast to Providence. A gusty south-southwesterly wind is also likely.
After the front passes, the wind will shift to the northwest and immediately begin to bring colder weather back into the Northeast. Right now, the forecast looks mainly dry for late next week. By Friday afternoon, the temperature will do well to get barely above freezing. Overall, the pattern looks chilly for early February.-Fred