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A Warming Trend Begins Today

Short Term Forecast:  Brrrr!!!  We have a clear and very cold start to this Thursday with temperatures in the lower to mid 30s.  Some areas will get to 32° and patchy frost is expected.  Bundle up again as you head out the door.

A warming trend begins today across the Deep South.  The ridge of high pressure that brought us the freezing temperatures is moving to the northeast.  As this happens the winds winds will shift from the northeast to the east and then south.  This will bring in the warmer and more humid air from the Gulf of Mexico.  At the same time, upper-level winds will transport in high clouds over us today.  We will be partly cloudy with high temperatures in the mid 60s.

The partly to mostly cloudy skies will stick around tonight as a disturbance, or short wave, moves from the SW to the NE across the Louisiana Coast.  This will spark off a few showers over Southeast Louisiana.  A few could make it into Baton Rouge after midnight, but most of you will stay dry.  Lows temperatures will be in the lower 50s.

Friday will be even warmer as that disturbance moves off to the east of Louisiana.  We will have a mix of sun and clouds with a few showers possible.  Highs will be in the mid 70s.  Friday Night will be partly cloudy and much warmer with lows near 60.

Weekend Forecast:  It looks like the weekend will start out dry, but it will end pretty wet.  Saturday will be partly cloudy and warmer with highs in the mid to upper 70s.  Saturday Night will be mostly cloudy with a few showers popping up.  Lows will be in the mid 60s.

A cold front will move into Louisiana on Sunday.  It will be warm and humid ahead of it over Baton Rouge.  We will have mostly cloudy skies with scattered showers moving over the city all day.  A few thunderstorms are also possible.  High temperatures will be around 80.  The cold front will move into Baton Rouge on Sunday Night/Monday Morning.  Expect more scattered showers and a few thunderstorms.  Lows will be in the mid 60s.

Tropical Outlook:  All areas of the tropics from the Gulf to the Caribbean to the Open Atlantic Waters are quiet, and they will stay quiet through Friday.

Bundle up this morning and get ready for some warmer air tomorrow.  Have a nice day! -Dave


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