Dry, fluffy snow falling in Southern New England Monday evening signified the start of a very cold stretch in the Northeast. For the latest on the snow Monday evening, check the Live Blog on rightweather.net. While the snow will not amount to too much, it will cause some slick roads Monday evening and very early Tuesday morning. The snow should move out of Rhode Island and interior Southeastern Massachusetts before dawn.
The temperature will be dropping into the upper teens to low 20s by dawn, and the wind will kick in around dawn. Some blowing snow may hamper the morning commute, and wind chills will be in the single digits with 20-35 mph winds. The highest snow totals in Rhode Island will likely be near the coast. The highest totals in coastal MA will most likely be on outer Cape Cod.
Winds will stay gusty through the day Tuesday, with temperatures holding in the low to mid 20s during the afternoon. It will be a partly to mostly cloudy day, with the chance of a few lingering snow flurries. Tuesday night looks frigid. Lows will be in the single digits to low teens, and, with an active breeze, the wind chill will fall below zero. It will be partly cloudy to mainly clear. Don’t expect much of a warm-up on Wednesday. Highs will be in the low to mid teens under partly cloudy skies. The wind will still be between 15-25 mph, and that will not allow the wind chill to get much above zero all day long!
The coldest night of the workweek will be Wednesday. Lows will range from slightly below zero to about 5 degrees above zero inland, and between 5 and 10 above near the coast. The wind will finally diminish some, and the coldest scenario will occur if it dies completely under clear skies. Thursday also looks bitter cold. It will stay dry, with highs in the upper teens to low 20s.