The active weather pattern continues with another storm in the forecast for the middle of the week. The wind will diminish by early Tuesday morning, and the temperature will fall into the single digits to mid teens with clear skies. Clouds will gradually increase Tuesday afternoon, and snow may develop around sunset. The temperature will rise to near 30 in the afternoon.
Snow will continue for 2-4 hours Tuesday evening before a change to sleet and freezing rain or rain from south to north. 1-3″ of snow may accumulate before the precipitation changes to sleet. The temperature will rise above freezing from the coast to Providence by midnight, and the precipitation will likely be rain at that point. Cold air may hang on a bit longer inland, and some freezing rain is possible, but it should not be a major icing event. The temperature will rise above freezing in all of RI and SE MA after midnight.
Wednesday looks cloudy with scattered rain showers and highs in the upper 30s to low 40s. It will be the mildest day since the middle of January. The warmer weather will not last for long, and a potentially dynamic weather situation may take shape late Wednesday night into Thursday morning. Cold air will rush in on a northwest wind at the same time that a surge of moisture moves in from the south. Any rain will likely change to snow late Wednesday night and it may continue through at least Thursday morning. If the timing works out just right, several inches of snow may accumulate as the temperature falls through the 20s. We’ll have more on this potentially hazardous weather in the next couple of days.
Friday looks rather cold for early March, with lows in the single digits to teens, and highs in the 20s with partly cloudy skies. The early outlook for the weekend is for dry conditions with highs in the 30s and lows in the 20s.