It will be a chilly start Friday morning, with low temperatures in the low to mid teens under clear skies. The temperature should bounce back into the mid to upper 30s in the afternoon. It will become partly to mostly cloudy as high clouds stream in off a storm system moving off the Carolina coast. That storm will narrowly miss Southern New England on Friday night into early Saturday. The best chance of a few passing rain showers is on Cape Cod and the islands. Lows will be in the mid 20s inland, and low to mid 30s on the coast.
Saturday has a good chance to be a March rarity thus far – a warmer than normal day! It will become partly to mostly sunny, and the temperature will jump into the mid to upper 40s. It may briefly touch 50° in the afternoon. The warm-up will not last for long as a cold front moves through Saturday night bringing seasonably cool weather for Sunday. Highs will be closer to 40° on Sunday.
How cold is it? Five of the six coldest March days in the past five years in Providence have happened this month.
— Right Weather (@RightWeather) March 6, 2014
The weather looks mainly dry early next week. One thing we’ll be watching for will be a fast-moving Alberta Clipper that could drop out of central Canada and bring a period of light snow or rain. The best chance of that happening is on Monday. Highs will be near 40° on Monday, and in the mid to upper 40s on Tuesday.
The weather pattern is ripe for a storm in the Eastern United States next Wednesday and/or Thursday. It’s too early to speculate on the timing or precipitation type and totals in Southern New England, but a good preliminary plan is for inclement weather in that timeframe.