The forecast remains on track for two rounds of precipitation now through Friday. While most of it will fall as rain, a brief period of wintry weather is occurring early this morning. Only a thin slushy coating or a thin icy glaze is expected in inland areas, it will be enough to make some slick surfaces during the AM commute. A “Winter Weather Advisory” continues for interior parts of RI and SE MA, including Warwick, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Woonsocket, Foster, Glocester, Attleboro, Taunton, Foxboro, Wrentham, Boston, Harford, Worcester and points north and west.
ROUND 1 OF PRECIPITATION
Temperatures will gradually warm above freezing through the morning commute, with travel conditions improving in most spots by 8AM. However, areas north and west of I-295 (Foster, Glocester, Burrillville, etc) could continue to see freezing rain until mid-day.
THURSDAY FORECAST 4:00AM Rain along the coast, sleet and freezing rain inland with wet snow in far northern suburbs
THURSDAY FORECAST 6:00AM Mostly rain south of Providence, with sleet and freezing rain north and west of the city and especially north and west of route 295
THURSDAY FORECAST 9:00AM : Rain with areas of drizzle and fog. Sleet and freezing rain confined to northwest Rhode Island.
Lighter rain showers and drizzle will continue in the afternoon, with temperatures climbing to near 40.
ROUND 2 OF PRECIPITATION
The second round of precipitation will bring potentially heavy rainfall Thursday night into early Friday morning. Along with downpours that could lead to street flooding, there could be an isolated thunderstorm. This could also lead to some impact to Friday morning’s commute.
We’re expecting rainfall totals of 1-2″ with isolated higher amounts. Areas that are prone to flooding in heavy rain events will want to prepare for that during this time.
After a mild first half of the day, cold air will rapidly return Friday late afternoon. A few light snow showers are possible late Friday and Friday evening, but these will taper off quickly. Otherwise expect clearing skies, gusty winds and much colder temperatures Friday night. with wind chill temperatures by Saturday morning in the teens.