The temperature in Providence is running nearly 9° below normal through the first eight days of January. The Arctic blast is moving out, and it will be replaced by extreme warmth (for January) and rain this weekend. The temperature may soar to 60° on Saturday, but it will come with moderate to heavy rain. The rain will move out on Sunday, and the weather through, at least, Monday looks dry and relatively mild.
There is a lot of uncertainty in the midweek forecast. Rain and/or snow are possible Tuesday and/or Wednesday as a couple of systems stream out of the Southern US. After that, the longer range pattern has the northern branch of the jet stream becoming more active. Alberta Clipper systems are possible from late next week into the following week. Temperature-wise the pattern looks close to normal from 7-14 days in the Northeastern United States. It may not be a snow-lover’s delight, but there are signs that winter will return in earnest late this month into February.