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A Cold And Very Rainy Start To Thanksgiving Week

Short Term Forecast:  We start this Monday Morning with cloudy skies and a few showers are popping up around Baton Rouge.  Any rain will be light for the commute.  It is chilly with temperatures ranging from the upper 30s to lower 40s.  Be sure to take your umbrella and jacket with you today!

An area of low pressure is forming in the Western Gulf of Mexico and it will move toward far Southeast Louisiana.  This will send some scattered showers and a few thunderstorms over South Louisiana this afternoon along with cloudy skies.  We will not warm up much with high temperatures struggling to reach 50°.

Much more rain will arrive around the viewing area tonight and it will become heavy at times!  A few thunderstorms will also be possible.  It will be cold with lows in the lower 40s.

Week Ahead:  Even more heavy rain and a few t'storms are expected for the first part of Tuesday as the low goes from the Mouth of the Mississippi River toward Atlanta.  Between Monday and Tuesday we could pick up 1 to 3 inches of rain (see the image below).  Fortunately, all the rivers, streams and creeks are low, so flooding is not expected to be an issue.  However, areas that typically hold a lot of water could see some minor flooding.  Highs will only get to the upper 40s.

Tuesday Night will remain cloudy with some lingering showers as an upper-level low moves across Louisiana behind the surface low.  As this happens, the temperatures will really start to fall.  It is possible that areas in South Mississippi could see a few snowflakes mixed in with the rain as their temperatures will be around 32°.  As for Baton Rouge...we will stay above freezing, so it will just be a cold rain as our lows will be around 34°.

Wednesday will start out with a few clouds and then it will become sunny by the end of the morning.  An area of high pressure will build over the Southeast U.S. and that will keep us dry.  It will also keep us COLD with high temperatures in the upper 40s.  Expect VERY COLD temperatures on Wednesday Night with clear skies.  Lows will fall to the lower to mid 20s!!!  These could be record lows!!  A hard freeze is also expected.  Brrrr!  Bundle up!!!

Thanksgiving Day will be gorgeous with sunny skies and cool high temperatures in the lower 50s.  Thursday Night will be clear and cold again with lows in the upper 20s to around 30.  Be sure to bundle up as you head out for any early Black Friday deals!

Black Friday will start out with clear skies and very cold temperatures around 30.  You may want to look for a brand new warm coat while you shop!!  It will be a beautiful day with plenty of sunshine and high temperatures in the upper 50s.  Friday Night will be clear and chilly with lows in the mid 30s.

Weekend Outlook:  You can expect more pleasant weather all weekend, and it will become warmer.  Saturday will be sunny with highs in the mid 60s and lows in the lower 40s.

The area of high pressure will move east of Louisiana by Sunday, and this will allow for some more southerly winds to return.  We will be mostly sunny to partly cloudy with highs in the upper 60s and lows in the upper 40s.

Tropical Outlook:  All areas of the tropics remain quiet, and they will stay that way through Wednesday.

Bundle up, take your umbrella and have a great Monday! -Dave


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