A Glance at the Week Ahead

The last week of March will not get off to a pleasant start with an unseasonably cold chill in the air, and some snow in the midweek. Monday will be among the coldest days this far into spring in the past few decades. High temperatures will range from the upper 20s to low 30s, even with a lot of sunshine. A gusty northwesterly breeze will make it feel colder. Wind chills will be in the teens to low 20s.

Coldest High Temperatures After March 23 in the Providence area (TF Green Airport)
1 26.0 1982-04-07
2 28.0 1940-03-24
3 30.0 1974-03-29
30.0 1956-03-25
30.0 1940-03-25
6 31.0 1960-03-25
31.0 1947-03-26
8 33.0 1995-04-05
33.0 1974-03-25
10 34.0 1982-04-06
Last value also occurred in one or more previous years.
Period of record: 1932-06-01 to 2014-03-22

The temperature will fall into the teens to low 20s Monday night with clear to partly cloudy skies. Clouds will increase on Tuesday, and it will not be much warmer, with highs only in the mid to upper 30s. A storm will develop off the Southeast US coast and rapidly develop as it moves northeast on Tuesday. The storm should come close enough to bring snow to most of Southern New England. At this point, it looks like it will be just far enough away to spare RI and interior SE MA from a major spring snowstorm. The conditions will be worse on Cape Cod and the islands, where more than 6″ of snow and howling winds are possible.

Right Weather Snow Forecast
Right Weather Snow Forecast

The brunt of the storm will be Tuesday night into Wednesday morning as it passes east of Nantucket. The impact is contingent on the storm’s track, and a shift to the west will bring heavier snow and stronger winds to RI and interior SE MA, with even worse conditions on Cape Cod and the islands. A shift east will take the storm out to sea, with little, if any, accumulating snow in RI and interior SE MA, and a minor accumulation and a gusty breeze on Cape Cod and the islands.

The temperature will fall into the 20s Tuesday night, and it will stay in the 20s to low 30s as the snow or snow showers linger Wednesday morning. It will be windy and chilly Wednesday afternoon with highs only in the mid to upper 30s. Skies will clear late in the day. It will be very cold for late-
March Wednesday night. Lows will be in the teens to low 20s.

A gradual warm-up is in the forecast for late in the week. Thursday will struggle to reach 40 with mostly sunny skies. Friday will become mostly cloudy with highs near 50. Rain showers are likely late Friday or on Saturday.

Fred Campagna

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

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