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by John Donnelly, meteorologist
A weak trough sits to our east indicating the leading edge of this chilly air. We’ll start cold, lows around 30, rising to only around 40 in the afternoon despite lots of sunshine. Winds out of the northwest will gust towards 30 mph and drag the wind chill down into the 20’s.
A low pressure system develops over the eastern US and heads our way during the day with first impacts later at night in the form of cold light rain. The bulk of the action should remain to our south with a few flakes for the higher elevations over western Rhode Island. Winds should not be a major factor, so chills won’t be demoralizing. Afternoon highs in the low 40’s and evening lows around 30 with light southwesterly breezes.
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.
A meteorologist, John also is an avid golfer, runner, reader, hack guitarist, and walker. If you see a weatherman walking in a blue Jim Cantore weather jacket carrying an umbrella, look out!