It will be a frigid start to the weekend with mainly clear skies and lows below zero in the countryside and in the single digits in the cities and near the coast Saturday morning. Clouds will increase during the day on Saturday, and snow will develop in the mid to late afternoon. The snow may be steady for a while Saturday evening before transitioning to freezing rain or rain. The best chance of freezing rain is north and west of Providence where the temperature may stay below freezing. It will likely reach the mid to upper 30s after midnight near the coast with a southerly breeze. Some snow accumulation is likely before the change to rain or freezing rain.
The temperature will hover near freezing inland on Sunday morning, and it will be in the upper 30s to low 40s at the coast. Rain or freezing rain will taper to drizzle and end by midday. There may be patchy dense fog early in the day. The temperature will hold in the 30s to near 40 during the afternoon before falling back below freezing Sunday night as another surge of Arctic air arrives. The temperature may fall all the way to the teens by early Monday morning with clearing skies. It will hold in the teens to low 20s with a gusty northwest wind on Monday that makes it feel like the single digits.
Tuesday will start with frigid conditions and lows not too far from zero. It will be mostly sunny and very cold Tuesday afternoon. Highs will only be in the 20s. We’re still watching the potential for some midweek snow, but it is certainly not set in stone. If a storm does not form in the Atlantic Ocean and head for New England, then you can expect the chance of snow showers with a cold front passing through, and highs near 30 on Wednesday. If the storm forms and heads north, then steady snow is possible. The weather looks very cold and dry late next workweek.