Friday, March 6, 2015

Staying cold today and tonight, turning milder this weekend and plenty of rain arrives next week

Short Term Forecast:  We will continue to be cold and breezy this afternoon as an area of high pressure builds to the Deep South.  Some high clouds will stream over us during the day and they will filter the sun.  Highs will be around 50.  

It will be a chilly evening, so dress warmly if you are headed out tonight.  We will have mostly clear skies with temperatures in the 40s.  

Another light freeze is likely on the Northshore tonight with clear skies, but the Southshore should stay above freezing.  The winds will die down, so some patchy frost is possible on both sides of the lake.  Lows will be around 30 north and in the upper 30s south.  Be sure to protect the plants, pets and people tonight.  

Weekend Outlook:  The weekend will start out pretty nice on Saturday with partly cloudy skies.  It will be a little "warmer" with highs around 60.  It stays chilly Saturday Night with lows in the 30s north and 40s south.  More clouds will move over us on Sunday, and we could see a few showers popping up late in the day ahead of an upper-level disturbance.  Highs will be in the lower 60s.  

Daylight Saving Time:  Begins this weekend!  Be sure to "spring forward" your clock 1 hour before you go to bed on Saturday Night by 2 AM!  It is also a great idea to check the batteries in your smoke detector too!  

Next Week Outlook:  Get ready for some very soggy weather next week!  Forecast models are showing we could pick up around 4 INCHES of rain for the week!  Stay tuned to updates this weekend!  

Be sure to keep it tuned to WWL-TV for your latest forecast each day.  You can also get your local weather info by following me on Twitter and Facebook!  

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

BIG changes are coming to our temperatures during the next 24 hours across Southeast Louisiana

Today & Tonight:  Make sure you get out and enjoy this Spring-like weather today because BIG changes are coming to our temperatures on Thursday.  It will be an unseasonably warm and humid afternoon across Southeast Louisiana with highs in the lower 80s.  The record high for today at Armstrong International is 83°, so we will come close to that!  Otherwise, it will be partly to mostly cloudy with a few showers popping up from time to time.  

This evening will be mild and muggy with mostly cloudy skies and a few showers.  Temperatures will be in the 70s, so it will be pretty nice to get out and enjoy it!  

Most of tonight will be pretty mild as the strong cold front moves closer to New Orleans.  It will be mostly cloudy with scattered showers developing overnight along with some patchy fog. Temperatures will fall to near 60 by daybreak, or right before the cold front gets here.  

Thursday Strong Cold Front:  The cold front should pass through New Orleans around 7 AM, and then the temperatures will quickly fall from around 60 to the 40s by 9 AM.  We will also become windy with NW/N winds of 20-25 mph along with the scattered showers.  The temperatures will hold steady in the mid 40s through the afternoon hours.  However, with the strong winds, the wind chilly will make it feel like the 30s all day!  Be sure to dress warmly as you head out the door to work and school tomorrow!  Thursday Night will be partly cloudy and colder with lows in the lower 30s north with a light freeze, and mid 30s south.

Friday will continue to be much colder and breezy with mostly cloudy skies.  Highs will be in the 40s.  Friday Night stays cold with lows in the 30s on both sides of the lake.  

Weekend Outlook:  Our weekend will start out dry with partly to mostly cloudy skies on Saturday.  It will still be cool with highs in the 50s.  Saturday Night will be mostly cloudy and still chilly with lows in the 30s north of the lake and 40s south of the lake.

We will stay cool on Sunday, but rain returns as another cold front moves toward our area.  Highs will be in the mid 50s.  

Keep it tuned to WWL-TV for the latest on the cold blast headed our way Thursday!  Also, follow me on Twitter at @Dave_Nussbaum and like my Facebook Page: Meteorologist Dave Nussbaum.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Some sun returns today with near freezing temperatures tonight

Short Term Forecast:  We will slowly see the clouds thinning out this afternoon, and that means we will see some sunshine as a dry cold front moves through. However, it will not warm us up much. High temperatures will only be in the upper 40s, and it will feel like the 30s with the wind chill. 

A few clouds will be over the area tonight and it will turn colder. Lows will be in the lower 30s north of the lake with a light freeze and some frost if the winds go calm. South of the lake will be in the mid 30s. You will want to protect the plants on both sides of the lake. 

We will see more sunshine on Friday with a few clouds mixed in. Unfortunately, it will not make us warmer with highs around 50. Friday Night stays cold with lows in the 30s north and around 40 south.

Weekend Forecast:  A slow warm-up begins this weekend with highs in the 50s on Saturday and 60s on Sunday. Another cold front will move into the area on Sunday, and that will set off scattered showers and a few thunderstorms.

Next Week Outlook:  Even warmer air arrives for the first part of next week, but we will have to dodge some rain and storms each day. 

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Old Man Winter Makes A Return To Southeast Louisiana Wednesday

Tonight Forecast:  I hope that you were able to get out and enjoy the warm weather today because it will be over a week until we will have temperatures in the 70s again!  Old Man Winter is making a return to New Orleans tonight and he will stick around for awhile. 

Cold Blast:  It will be mostly cloudy tonight ahead of the cold front.  A few showers (20% chance) will be possible as the front moves through late tonight/early on Wednesday Morning.  Lows will drop to the mid 50s north and south of the lake.

We will start Wednesday with plenty of clouds, a few showers and breezy conditions.  Wednesday Morning temperatures around 60 will likely be the high temperatures for the day.  Then the temperatures will fall through the 50s during the afternoon.  Winds will be out of the north at 10-20 mph, and this will put an extra chill in the air. 

A weak disturbance will move across the Northern Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday Night into Thursday.  This will keep it cloudy and send a few showers over Southeast Louisiana.  Lows will be in the 40s north and south of the lake.

Possible Freeze:  The disturbance will continue to move to the east on Thursday, but it will keep the clouds and a few showers over the New Orleans area all day.  This will keep temperatures well below average as we will only climb to 50.  The skies will become clear on Thursday Night and the temperatures will fall once again.  We could have a light freeze on the Northshore with lows around 30, so get ready to cover or bring in your plants.  However, the Southshore will stay above freezing with lows in the upper 30s.

More chilly weather is expected on Friday, but the sun returns as an area of high pressure sits over Louisiana.  Highs will be in the lower 50s.  Friday Night will be cold again with a light freeze possible north of the lake as the lows dip into the lower 30s.  South of the lake will stay above freezing with lows in the upper 30s.

Weekend Outlook:  Looking at the weekend, we will have some cool and dry weather on Saturday with highs in the lower 60s.  Another cold front will move through on Sunday, and this time it will bring us some much needed rain.  We will have scattered showers with highs in the lower 60s. 

Make sure you dress warmly the next few days and use caution when using portable heaters.  Stay warm New Orleans and follow me on Twitter and Facebook for updates!  -Dave

Sunday, October 12, 2014

A strong cold front headed our way on Monday, and the tropics are getting active in the Atlantic

Tonight Forecast:  Look for a muggy night with partly cloudy skies, patchy dense fog and a 10% chance for a coastal shower.  Lows will be in the upper 60s north and lower 70s south.  

Strong Cold Front:  The weather will REALLY start to change on Monday as a strong cold front comes out of the Great Plains and into the Deep South.  Clouds will be on the increase throughout the morning and we will start to see scattered showers and thunderstorms during the afternoon.  A squall line of storms is forecast to develop over Texas and move into Louisiana throughout the day.  Scattered storms are expected to develop ahead of the line.  Some of these storms could be strong to possibly severe with gusty winds and heavy rain.  SPC has us in a Slight Risk for Severe Weather.  However, the greatest area for severe weather will be in Southern Mississippi.  Highs will still be very warm as they climb into the upper 80s.  

The squall line will move out ahead of the cold front and into Southeast Louisiana on Monday Night/Early Tuesday Morning.  Some of the storms associated with the line could be strong to severe with gusty winds and heavy rain.  It will be mild and breezy with lows in the 60s.  

Rest of the Week:  We will start to clear out with plenty of sunshine on Tuesday Afternoon as the cold front moves to the east of Louisiana.  It will be breezy and MUCH COOLER with highs only in the upper 70s.  Tuesday Night will also be MUCH COOLER under clear skies.  Lows north of the lake will be around 50 and south of the lake in the upper 50s.  

Gorgeous weather is on tap for the rest of the week with low humidity.  Wednesday and Thursday will have plenty of sunshine with highs around 80.  Lows will be in the 50s north and 60s south of the lake. 

The humidity starts to go back up on Friday and into next weekend.  Each day will be partly cloudy with highs in the 80s and lows in the 50s north and 60s south. 

Tropical Update:  Hurricane Fay is moving away from Bermuda as it tracks out to sea in the Atlantic.  Winds are around 75 mph and the pressure is 986 mb.  It is moving to the NE at 24 mph & it will continue to move into the Central Atlantic.  It is expected to become a post-tropical system on Monday.  

Tropical Storm Gonzalo just formed about 200 miles east of Guadeloupe.  Winds are 40 mph, but Gonzalo is forecast to become a hurricane during the next 48 hours as it approaches Puerto Rico.  It is moving to the W at 10 mph, but a turn to the WNW is expected on Tuesday Night.  On this track, Gonzalo is forecast to move through the Leeward Island and over Puerto Rico by 8 AM Tuesday.  Then it is forecast to turn more to the north and stay away from the US.  This will not impact Louisiana.

Elsewhere...the rest of the tropics are quiet.

Have a good rest of the weekend and get ready for some MUCH COOLER air to arrive on Tuesday!  -Dave