A strong storm system approaching from the west will bring a surge of warmer air, strong winds and rain Thursday night into Friday morning. The warm air and rain may be enough to melt all the snow from last week’s storm in most of Rhode Island, Connecticut and Southeastern Massachusetts.
Rain could arrive as soon as Thursday evening, but the heaviest is likely overnight into Friday morning. The wind will gust over 40 mph near the coast, and if there’s enough mixing in the atmosphere, some 50+ mph gusts are possible. The temperature will soar into the 50s eating away at the snow cover. Minor flooding is possible due to snow melt and 1-2″ rain totals.
The weather looks fairly quiet, but colder, by late on Christmas and through the weekend. Expect highs in the 30s Saturday and it may sneak up to around 40 on Sunday. Dry weather continues on Monday before a decent chance of another storm system bringing precipitation late Monday into Tuesday. It’s a week away, but there’s a good chance of rain and/or snow in Southern New England in that time frame. The overall weather pattern looks fairly active next week with another system possible around the New Year.