Cold shot Friday, milder and windy weekend

A brief shot of some cold weather will invade Southern New England on Friday. It will be mostly sunny, brisk, and chilly. Highs will be in the mid to upper 20s. The cold weather will not be sticking around for long as a warm front pushes through Southern New England late Friday night. The temperature will drop into the upper teens to low 20s Friday evening before rising late at night.

Milder most of the weekend

Saturday looks windy and much milder, with partly to mostly sunny skies. The highs will be in the low to mid 40s, but it won’t be a spectacular day due to a 20-35 mph southwesterly breeze. Saturday night looks relatively mild and breezy. Temps will fall into the low to mid 30s. Sunday will start out breezy and mild, but a strong cold front will pass in the afternoon opening the door to some much colder weather. Highs Sunday may be in the low to mid 40s if the front doesn’t pass until early in the afternoon. That’s great news for tailgaters at Gillette Stadium, although it will be windy. As kickoff approaches, the temperature will be dropping and the wind will stay active. The temperature will fall through the 30s and 20s Sunday evening. The wind chill will be 10-15 degrees below the actual air temperature, so Pats fans will need to bundle up.

Very cold next week

Next week will be the coldest of the winter so far. Of course, in a winter where the average temperature in Providence has been nearly 5° warmer than normal, that’s not saying much. However, it is a legitimate cold shot that is heading for the Upper Midwest, Great Lakes, Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. In Southern New England, the temperature will likely not make it above freezing (32°F) from sometime early Sunday evening through Friday morning. Dry weather is likely Monday. We’ll be watching the computer models closely this weekend to see if a storm will spin up near the coast on Tuesday. Right now, the forecast is for a chance of snow, especially in Eastern MA. The coldest day of the week may be Wednesday. It’s possible the high temperature will not reach 20 inland. Lows could be in the single digits. A storm will approach late next week. At this point, it’s unclear if it will be predominantly rain or snow, but the current forecast favors some of each.

Fred Campagna

President and Chief Meteorologist - Right Weather LLC AMS Certified Consulting Meteorologist #756 AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist #126

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