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Warm Weather Today, But A Freeze Is Possible Mid-Week

Short Term Forecast:  We have a pretty nice start to this Monday!  It is clear and cool with temperatures in the 50s.

More pleasant weather is on tap this afternoon as an area of high pressure sits to the northeast of Louisiana.  This will provide us with mostly sunny skies as a few high clouds start moving over us from the southwest.  It will likely be the warmest day of the week with high temperatures in the lower 80s.

More clouds will move over Baton Rouge tonight and that will make it partly cloudy.  It will be cool with lows in the lower 50s.

Week Ahead:  A strong trough of low pressure will send a cold front into Louisiana on Tuesday.  This front will not have any moisture to work with, so it will be dry.  However, the front will be the leading edge of some MUCH COLDER air heading our way.  It will be windy tomorrow as the front moves through town and it will stay windy into Wednesday. We will be partly cloudy with highs in the upper 60s.

Get ready for some VERY COLD temperatures on Tuesday Night as the cold air sinks down to the Gulf of Mexico.  We will be clear with lows in the lower to mid 30s in Baton Rouge.  That means areas north and east of the city will have lows around 32, and there will be a light freeze in those locations.  Expect some patchy frost around Baton Rouge, but if the winds keep up then we will not have frost.  You have to have calm winds to see frost.  Be sure to bring in or cover any plants and have a warm place for your pets!

More cold air will move into Baton Rouge on Wednesday as an area of high pressure sits over the Southeast U.S.  We will be sunny and chilly with highs only in the mid 50s.  Another light freeze is possible on Wednesday Night, but Baton Rouge may be in this one.  We will be clear and the winds will be calm with lows in the lower 30s for areas along and north of I-10.  There is a better chance of seeing some frost since the winds will be calm.  Once again you will need to bring in or cover any plants if you want to keep them!

Thursday will be another very nice day, and it will be a little warmer.  Highs will be in the lower 60s and lows will be well above freezing as they fall to the upper 40s.

More warmer air arrives for Friday as the area of high pressure moves to the east of Louisiana.  This will bring in more southerly winds, and they will transport in some Gulf Moisture over us all weekend.  We will be partly cloudy with a few showers popping up.  Highs will be around 70.  Friday Night will be mostly cloudy with a few showers.  Lows will be much warmer as they only fall to the lower 60s.

Weekend Outlook:   A series of disturbances, or weak areas of low pressure, will move from west to east across Louisiana.  They will tap into the Gulf Moisture and set off isolated to scattered showers and thunderstorms Saturday and Sunday.  Otherwise, it will be mostly cloudy and warmer with highs in the mid 70s and lows in the lower 60s.

Tropical Outlook:  All areas of the tropics are still quiet and they will remain quiet through Wednesday.

Enjoy the warm temperatures today and have a great Monday! -Dave


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