The temperature will warm into the upper 20s to low 30s ahead of a cold front early Friday. There will be gusty southwesterly winds ahead of the front, and the National Weather Service has issued warnings and advisories for the Southeastern New England coast. The timing of the snow showers is between 8am-3pm from west to east in Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts. The snow should move out of RI by 2 pm, and will exit off the Eastern Massachusetts coast by 3 pm. Accumulations should be relatively light, with most places picking up an inch or less. There is a possibility of 1-2″ in NW RI and Southern Worcester County. The snow combined with the wind and frozen ground could lead to some travel issues Friday morning. Highs will be in the low to mid 30s on Friday.
Skies will clear in the afternoon, and colder weather returns for the start of the weekend. It will be in the teens in the morning, and only in the low 20s briefly in the afternoon – even with a lot of sunshine. The weather will stay dry on Sunday. It will not be as cold, with highs in the upper 20s to low 30s after lows in the teens. Skies will be partly cloudy to mainly clear.
Snow, mixed precipitation or rain showers are possible on Monday as moisture streams out of the Southeastern United States. It looks like it will be cold enough for at least some snow or mixed precipitation, but it may change to rain – especially near the coast. The precipitation does not look particularly heavy, but some travel problems are possible in the afternoon and evening. We will keep you updated on that part of the forecast this weekend.