Forecast discussion: Well, many of us heard the strong winds and rainfall around Rhode Island last night. The strong ocean storm helped bring heavy rainfall in isolated areas, with strong winds and isolated thunderstorms with some pretty good lightning. According to T.F. Green Airport, we have only received a total of .90 inches of rainfall over the last two days since the writing of this report. However, the storm helped 8,000 National Grid customers to lose power during the night. Everyone has their power back as of this afternoon.
So, how much longer will this low stick around New England? Well, the low’s center will be moving south of Nantucket over the next hour. We will still see showers off and on through the evening, as the bands continue to rotate around the center. As we head into Friday, the low will begin to move towards the Gulf of Maine. So, showers will become more isolated as we move through Friday morning. By the mid-afternoon, we will begin to see the last of any raindrops.
The skies will remain cloudy during most of the overnight, until a high pressure ridge begins to bring drier air over Southern New England. We should see the sunrise Saturday morning, along with sunshine throughout the day. However, a fast moving cold front in the Central U.S. may bring the threat of a passing shower while we sleep Saturday night.
The high pressure center will move closer to the east on Sunday, and we will see dry weather right into Tuesday. A weak warm front will pass through New England on Wednesday, allowing temperatures to rise into the upper 60’s during the day. But, a cold front will bring some scattered showers by Wednesday night. The front will be to our east early Thursday morning, setting up for dry, sunny weather next Thursday. Temperatures during the day will fall into the lower 60’s.
72 hour forecast:
Tonight: Scattered showers and breezy around the state. We will see a low of 47.
Friday: Drizzle and isolated showers until 2 p.m. Skies will remain mostly cloudy. We will see a high of 56 with northwest winds of 11-14 mph.
Friday night: Mostly cloudy with clearing skies before dawn and a low of 46. Winds will come from the north-northwest at 7-10 mph.
Saturday: Mostly sunny with increasing clouds by the late afternoon with a high of 63.
Saturday night: Mostly cloudy with a possible shower until 5 a.m. with a low of 49.
Sunday: Mostly sunny with a high of 60.
Sunday night: Partly cloudy with a low of 45.
Monday: Mostly sunny. Highs 57-60, lows 42-45.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny. Highs 61-64, lows 50-53.
Wednesday: Mostly cloudy with showers by 9 p.m. Highs 66-69, lows 49-52.
Thursday: Showers end by 4 a.m. with mostly sunny skies. Highs 60-63, lows 47-50.