Southern New England missed the worst potential impact of a strong storm Monday, but forecasters are eyeing another storm, and the rest of January should trend colder than normal.
The National Weather Service says it's "continuing to monitor a potential coastal storm" for Saturday, but computer models aren't agreeing on the storm's likely track.
"A coastal or ocean storm may affect Southern New England this weekend but any impacts will depend on the storm's track," the Weather Service says in its forecast discussion.
Some models show the chance of 6 inches or more of snow mainly along or northwest of the Route 95 corridor, the Weather Service says in its forecast discussion.
"While a significant storm is conceivable, a (Southern New England) shutout with more impact to the mid-Atlantic is also among those outcomes," the Weather Service says.
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Here's what's more clear: A "much colder air mass" has moved back into the region, and Rhode Islanders face some cold days and nights this week.
The temperature in Providence was 28 shortly before 8 a.m. Tuesday, and the temperature should reach just 30 degrees. It will feel a lot colder with northwest winds gusting up to 34 mph., according to the Weather Service.
"Wind chills will be in the high single digits and teens today," the Weather Service says.
The temperature should rebound a bit Wednesday and Thursday, with highs of 46 and 36 in Providence, but it will drop to about 10 degrees overnight Thursday and reach just 22 on Friday and 27 on Saturday.
The region could see rain changing to snow overnight Wednesday into Thursday with the potential for minor accumulations.
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Whether the weekend storm hits or misses, "below normal temperatures" will continue into early next week, the Weather Service says, and the cold trend should continue through the end of January. Through the first 17 days, the temperature in Providence was slightly below normal, with an average of 30.2 degrees, according to the Weather Service.
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This article originally appeared on The Providence Journal: Forecasters watch potential weekend storm, more cold temps for RI