Rain for a change on Wednesday

It is getting hard to keep up with the rapid-fire weather pattern in the Northeastern United States. A very quick-hitting snowstorm brought 2-6″ of snow to most of RI and SE MA on Tuesday, and it will be followed by a storm taking nearly the same track on Wednesday. The big difference will be a lack of cold air over Southeastern New England which should allow for all rain instead of snow on Wednesday.

In the meantime, the temperature will quickly fall below freezing Tuesday evening as a 10-20 mph west wind kicks in. Watch out for icy spots on the roads during the evening and morning commute. Skies will clear with lows in the mid teens to low 20s.

Rain in Southern New England, more snow in Northern New England Wednesday afternoon
Rain in Southern New England, more snow in Northern New England Wednesday afternoon

It will stay dry through Wednesday morning before another potent little disturbance moves through in the afternoon. Highs will be near 40° with a 10-15 mph east-southeast breeze – not exactly a stunning warm-up. Rain will develop early in the afternoon,and it may be briefly heavy while lingering through the evening commute. The wind will shift to the west in the evening as the storm departs around 7 pm. Skies will clear and temperatures will fall into the 20s by dawn.

Thursday looks like a fine day, and it will probably feel great with highs in the low to mid 40s under partly sunny skies. The reality is that is not very far from normal for this time of the year. The normal high is in the low 40s. It will be even milder on Friday, but rain is in the forecast. Showers and a southwest breeze will develop ahead of a frontal system. Look for occasional rain with highs in the upper 40s to low 50s. Rain will end Friday evening.

Saturday should be another relatively nice day with highs well into the 40s. It will get colder late in the weekend. Snow and rain showers cannot be ruled out on Sunday as the colder weather makes its return to Southern New England for the end of February.

Fred Campagna

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

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