Chilly start to spring in Southern New England

Spring arrived Wednesday morning, and with it came some rather chilly weather in Southern New England. With fresh snow on the ground in many spots, it looked more like late-January than late-March in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Connecticut. Wednesday afternoon will feature a blend of clouds and sun, a gusty breeze, and highs in the low 40s – nearly ten degrees below normal for the date. Clouds will slowly increase Wednesday night with temperatures falling into the 20s.

A developing storm in the Atlantic Ocean may combine with some atmospheric energy over New England to bring a period of light snow to Southeastern New England on Thursday. It will be another unseasonably cool day with highs in the upper 30s. The best chance of steady snow is over Southeastern Massachusetts. The snow looks relatively light, and accumulation on the pavement is not expected. There may be a minor accumulation on the grass, especially after sunset. The sky will become partly cloudy by dawn Friday, with lows in the 20s.

Quiet weather this weekend

Friday should be partly sunny, brisk, and cool. That has been the predominant weather feature for most of March. With a storm over Eastern Canada, the wind will be out of the west-northwest, and cool air from Canada will move into New England. Look for highs in the low 40s. The weekend should be fairly quiet, and it will start out a bit cool for late-March. Saturday will be mostly sunny and breezy, with highs in the 40s after starting the day in the 20s. Sunday looks pretty nice, with mostly sunny skies and highs creeping closer to 50 degrees. There should be less wind on Sunday. We are still watching the potential for a storm to threaten Southern New England with a wintry mix early next week. At this point, there is the chance of some wet/wintry weather Monday and/or Tuesday.

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Fred Campagna

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

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