Thanks to winter weather blowing in, parade goers on Saturday could see the lowest temperatures in decades, according to the latest forecast from the National Weather Service (NWS).

The lowest average temperature in the 61-year Newport Saint Patrick’s Parade Day history was 14 degrees in 1995, with a low for the day of 7.9 degrees and a high of 34 degrees, according to weather data from NWS. But that low (or at least the “feels like” temperature) could be surpassed on Saturday.


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Following 2-3″ of possible snow on Thursday into Friday, the temperature in Newport is expected to drop Friday night to 15 degrees. On Saturday, the forecast calls for a high of 24 degrees and is expected drop to a low of 13 degrees on Saturday night, according to NWS.

Accuweather currently forecasts a sunny, breezy and colder day with a high of 25 degrees, with a “RealFeel” of 12 degrees.

Neither weather service is currently forecasting for any precipitation on Saturday, March 11th.

The 61st Annual Newport Saint Patrick’s Day Parade will be held, rain, snow, COLD or shine, on Saturday, March 11th, 2017.

Parade Weather History

In the parade’s 61-year history, the average temperature on Parade Day has been lower than 32 degrees just 10 times.

The highest mean temperature ever experienced on Parade Day was 53 degrees in 1990, the warmest temperature ever recorded on parade day was in 1977 when temperatures reportedly hit 70 degrees (mean temperature for the day was 48 degrees).

The wettest Parade Day recently was when 1.68″ of rain fell on March 17, 2007.

How many times has the parade fell on actual St. Patrick’s Day (March 17th)? That would be 9 times. In 2018, St. Patrick’s Day and Parade Day will both be celebrated on Saturday, March 17th.

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