Be sure to bundle up as you head to work and school today! The cold front will move toward the Louisiana Coastline today and a disturbance will move over us from the west. In the wake of the front we will continue to see the temperatures fall and more scattered showers will develop as the disturbance passes over us. The temperatures will be around 50 in the middle of the afternoon and they will fall into the 40s by the evening.
The rain will start to taper off tonight and we will have a brief lull in the precipitation. Expect cloudy skies and it will be very cold tonight with lows in the lower 30s. Baton Rouge should stay just above freezing, but from the Felicianas to South Mississippi your lows will be around 32°. At this time, it looks like we will not have any frozen precipitation falling, but some of the road could have a few icy spots.
Weekend Forecast: The cold and wet weather will stick around all weekend! The cold front will stall along the coast on Saturday. We will continue to see cloudy skies with scattered showers during the day, but it will not rain the entire day. High temperatures will only get to the lower 40s. Saturday Night will be cloudy with some showers. Lows will only drop a few degrees and stay in the lower 40s.
The front will retreat back to the north as a warm front on Sunday, but it will not get to Baton Rouge. Therefore, we will not warm up much, but the New Orleans area will be much warmer. You can expect plenty of clouds with scattered to numerous showers and a few thunderstorms. Highs in Baton Rouge will be in the mid 50s. Sunday Night will continue to have scattered showers with lows in the upper 40s.
SWAC Championship: If you are headed to Houston to cheer on Southern University then plan for some rain and cold weather. Fortunately, the game is in Reliant Stadium so the weather will not be an issue. However, if you are tailgating it will be cloudy with scattered showers in the morning and temperatures in the upper 30s. At the 1 PM kickoff, it will still be cloudy with scattered showers and temperatures will only get to around 40, but indoor temperatures will be around 72°. Go Jags!!!!
Next Week Outlook: The rainy weather will still be over Baton Rouge on Monday until another cold front will push through on Monday Night/Tuesday Morning. Then we will start to finally dry out! Monday will have scattered showers with highs in the lower 50s and lows in the upper 30s.
Sunshine returns on Tuesday with dry weather. It will be chilly with high temperatures only in the mid 40s and lows in the lower 30s Tuesday Night.
An area of high pressure will sit over us on Wednesday and Thursday. This will keep it sunny, but it will stay cool with highs in the lower 50s and lows in the mid 30s to near 40.
Another cold front and disturbance will move into Baton Rouge on Friday and this will bring back some rain. It will become warmer with highs in the lower 60s.
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Bundle up and take your umbrella today. Have a nice weekend! -Dave