Temperatures broke records across southern New England, as the mercury plunged to subzero levels. In Providence it hit -9 degrees Fahrenheit Sunday during the early morning hours; breaking the previous record of -7 set in 1979, according to the National Weather Service.
The deep freeze is expected to break this week in Rhode Island. Temperatures will hover in the twenties across most of the state, and are expected to climb above freezing along the coast.
Temperatures will reach 50 degrees on Tuesday, which will feel practically balmy, after the harsh weekend.
Meteorologist Alan Dunham said the burst of warm air will hit the region due to an internal storm moving up from the South.
“It’s just a storm that, instead of passing to the east of us along the coast, is actually working up the west side of the Appalachian,” said Dunham. “And since the airflow around is counterclockwise, that’ll be bringing up a lot of warm air from down south up over southern New England.”
Though temperatures will be considerably warmer, you may still be stuck inside. Snow turning to sleet and rain are expected for Monday evening into Tuesday. The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory in effect starting Monday.