Your RI Weather Today, Jan. 3, 2022 – John Donnelly

by John Donnelly, meteorologist

A strong push of frigid air will be driven into southern New England by continental high pressure moving in from eastern Canada. The result for us will be afternoon highs in the upper 20’s, a full 20 degrees less than yesterday. A stiff northerly wind gusting towards 30 mph forcing wind chill temps down into the teens will add to the fun.

Winds aloft will continue forcing moisture along and north of low pressure developing on the cold front that had passed overnight, so cloud cover will remain through most of the day. Evening lows will settle in the low 20’s, held up by the cloud cover.


John Donnelly was born in Hialeah, Florida and moved back to Rhode Island and settled in Johnston, where he grew up until graduating from Lyndon State College in 1998 with a Bachelor of Science in Meteorology. As a child John always wanted to know how air moved, and he ran towards not away from thunder and lighting and various other ominous weather phenomena. He returned in 2001 to the old family neighborhood of Elmhurst where the McCabe’s, Donnelly’s, Walker’s and Callan’s have been since after the Civil War.