Dangerous wind speeds Friday morning

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — Our next weather maker is a storm system that will track through the Great Lakes today and Friday. They’ll get plenty of snow and cold from the mid-west to the plains. Wind chill there has prompted warnings for a 30 to 40 below zero feel-like temperature!

This storm will initially bring us a mild flow of air and a strong southeasterly wind to Rhode Island. Highs reach into the 50s with a wind-driven 1 1/2 inches of rain Friday. There is a High Wind Warning issued from theNational Weather Service for Friday through Friday night as gusts are likely to reach 50 to 65 mph.

There is also a Coastal Flood Warning. Minor flooding for vulnerable shoreline communities due to high tides and wave action is very likely.

With a soaking ground from rain and the gusty wind, trees could topple. This, along with tree branches breaking will likely cause widespread power outages.

Following this storm, a cold front will push through Friday night and open the door to a surge of frigid air. We will see any standing water freezing up overnight Friday. Expect a flash freeze Friday evening if you have any travel plans late evening, be mindful of that.

The arctic air is with us both Saturday and Sunday for the holiday weekend. Wind chill will reach near zero on Christmas Eve. High pressure builds in on Christmas Day with dry, cold air and sunshine.

This Afternoon: Scattered showers by the evening commute. Breezy. Highs mid 40s. Rain arrives after sunset.

Tonight: Rain, heavy at times. Wind gusting to as high as 50 mph. High Wind Warning after 1 am. Temperatures rising to 50.

Friday:Damaging wind likely especially near dawn. Wind driven morning heavy rain ending in afternoon. Mild with morning highs in the mid 50s. SE wind 40-65 mph

Friday Night: Sharply dropping temperatures into the 30s and 20s. Wind chill in teens. Low near 16!

Christmas Weekend:

Saturday: Windy with bitter arctic cold. Feels like 0 to 10. High near 22.

Christmas Eve.: Starlit and Frigid. Feels like zero! Temperatures in the teens.

Christmas Day:  Sunny & Breezy. Lows near 15. Highs near 26.

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