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