Gusty winds are going to transport in much colder air and temperatures will quickly drop through the overnight hours into Friday.
Wind chills will turn frigid, with early morning wind chills near 0F Friday, and little improvement through the day. Brrr!
AT THE BUS STOP EARLY FRIDAY MORNING
The cold air will be in place at the start of the weekend. Saturday morning will be dry, but a winter storm will cross New England Saturday late afternoon and Saturday night.
WINTER STORM TIMELINE SATURDAY
It will initially be cold enough for all snow, but the storm track still supports a brief change to sleet and rain near the coast Saturday night. Accumulations of 1 to 4 inches expected before the change to rain/sleet. The lower amounts will be along the immediate south coast, with higher amounts inland and especially areas north and west of Providence. Nonetheless, it will be enough snow to impact travel early Saturday evening and night.
POTENTIAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS SATURDAY EVENING/NIGHT: A general 1-3 inches expected, with slightly higher amounts in far northwest Rhode Island. Any 5 inch amounts would be confined to areas near the Mass Pike in central Massachusetts and Worcester County.
Any precipitation looks to end late Saturday night (around midnight), followed by dry and windy conditions on Sunday.