Coldest Weather of the Year This Weekend

The coldest weather of the winter is around the corner. The temperature will fall below zero Sunday morning, with dangerously cold wind chills. A messy winter storm is possible in the middle of next week.

Partly sunny, scattered snow showers and squalls. A snow squall can produce a quick inch of snow and poor visibility. With temps in the mid 20s, any snow that falls will stick to pavement. The threat of snow squalls ends in the evening. The temperature will fall into the teens at night.

Expect a mostly sunny, but cold day, with highs in the low to mid 20s. Clouds will increase Friday night. Snow showers are possible overnight as a disturbance moves south of New England.

Extremely cold air arrives during the day on Saturday. A snow shower is possible early in the day before it becomes partly sunny. It will be breezy to windy, and the temperature will fall from near 20 early to the near 10 by sunset, and close to zero by midnight. The wind chill will reach -10 to -20 by late in the evening.

Near-record low temperatures are likely Sunday morning. It will be -2 to -8 in Rhode Island and most of Southeastern Massachusetts. Wind chills will be -15 to -25 at dawn. Look for plenty of sunshine, but it’s not going to do much to warm an Arctic airmass. Highs will barely make it to 10° in the afternoon.

Sub-zero temperatures are possible again Monday morning. Mostly sunny skies will get the temperature into the 20s in the afternoon.

It’s likely that there will be a storm in the middle of next week. The track of the storm is highly uncertain. A track farther east/south will yield more frozen precipitation, while a track farther west/north will bring a wintry mix followed by rain. Typically, the cold air usually takes a while to get scoured out, so I’d expect some frozen precipitation at least at the start of the storm.


Fred Campagna

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

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