Thursday snow less than 1 inch: Ending early afternoon

At Providence, snow is possible Thu until 1:00pm, possibly beginning as rain before changing to snow. The timing of the precipitation will make the morning commute difficult due to slippery road surfaces, especially as ice forms during a transition from rain to snow.

Several cities in RI and nearby MA have announced parking bans; check local information for updates.

Median accumulation forecast less than 1 inch, with probabilities 77% for at least 0.1 in, 38% for 1 in, 1% for 2 in, and near 0% for 4 in. Lesser amounts are expected to the southeast toward the coast. Snow amounts have been revised slightly downward since the forecast cycle last night.

A substantial drop in temperature will occur Thu after sunset, plunging to 10F with sub-zero wind chill -2F by Fri sunrise and afternoon high rising only to 20F with 0F wind chill. Overnight temperature Fri into Sat will be even lower, down to 9F, before relenting somewhat to a Sat afternoon high 25F.