Think It’s Cold Now? It’s Going to Get Colder

You probably already notice a chill in the air and by this weekend, it will turn downright cold! On Wednesday, southern New England sits on the back side of a cold front as colder air spills in from the north.  This will make for a cool afternoon and chilly evening:

Lows will dip into the low to mid 30s in Providence, and likely into the 20s to low 30s for rural areas outside the Capital City.

That is why there are freeze warnings and frost advisories in effect Wednesday night into Thursday morning.

Why are there no warnings or advisories in northern Rhode Island and norther Bristol County Massachusetts? That’s because those areas have already had a frost/freeze; those areas will be cold too!

Out ahead of a cold front on Thursday, some slightly milder air will be pulled in from the southwest.

Lunchtime temperatures on Thursday will be close to 50, and highs should sneak into the low to mid 50s by the afternoon.  By early Friday morning, the cold front will likely be just our our doorstep.

By late Friday morning, the cold front sweeps through; so it could be one of those days when we hit our high temperatures late morning, with the temperatures tumbling back into the low 30s by the late afternoon.

So whatever you are wearing when you leave for work on Friday morning, you may have to add an extra layer to that for the trip back home on Friday evening.  At this point, the coldest air of the season will likely move in with lows dipping into the teens and 20s late Friday night into Saturday morning!  In addition, winds could potentially gust to around 30 or 35 mph Friday into Friday night.  This means wind chills could dip into the teens and maybe even single digits in a few spots.  Saturday will be chilly with highs likely only in the upper 30s to around 40.

Cool, or Not So Cool History

Check out this information that TJ Del Santo dug up!

If temperatures manage so stay above freezing on Wednesday and Thursday, we would tie this record.  That is a possibility.   If temperatures stay above freezing on Friday then we would break this record, but this will be difficult because temperatures will likely tumble into the low 30s by Friday evening or Friday night (before midnight).

-Pete Mangione

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