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More Sunny and Dry Weather Today

Short Term Forecast:  We have another cold and frosty start to the day with temperatures in the lower to mid 30s under clear skies.  Bundle up as you head out the door!

If you liked the weather yesterday, then you will like the weather again today.  The ridge of high pressure remains over the Southeast U.S. and that will keep us sunny.  We will become a few degrees warmer with high temperatures in the mid 60s.

Another chilly night is in store for us across Southeast Louisiana.  We will have clear skies with lows in the upper 30s.

Week Ahead:  The area of high pressure will continue to sit over us on Wednesday, and that means more pleasant weather.  We will stay sunny with just a few high clouds streaming overhead.  It will be even warmer with highs in the upper 60s.  Wednesday Night will be mostly clear and not as chilly with lows near 50.  Some patchy fog is possible.

The high pressure will move east of Louisiana on Thursday and that will allow the winds to shift from the northeast to the south.  This will pump in some warmer and more humid air from the Gulf starting Thursday and lasting into the weekend.  We will become partly cloudy with high temperatures in the mid 70s.  Thursday Night will be mostly cloudy with a few showers popping up and some patchy fog.  Lows will only fall to near 60.

Our weather will really start to change on Friday as our next weather maker moves toward Louisiana.  However, there are still some timing differences between the forecast models.  At the moment, both show a trough of low pressure moving from the SW U.S. into the SE U.S. starting on Friday and an area of low pressure forming in the base of the trough.  We will have mostly cloudy skies with scattered showers developing in the morning and continuing all day.  It will be warm and humid with highs in the mid 70s.  More showers are in the forecast Friday Night with lows in the mid 60s.

Weekend Forecast:  This weekend is where there are some of the timing differences in the forecast models.  Right now, the system is off the West Coast of the U.S., and there is not a lot of model data available until the system moves onshore.  The GFS model has become the faster model with the trough moving into and through Louisiana on Saturday and sending a cold front through Baton Rouge by Saturday Night/Sunday Morning.  The Euro model (ECMWF) has the front moving through slower, or later by Sunday Night.  However, this forecast could change once we get closer to the weekend.  Either way we will still have a warm, humid and stormy weekend.  It will just depend on how long the rains will last.

Here is what my forecast is right now...Saturday will be cloudy with scattered showers and thunderstorms.  Some of the storms could be strong to possibly severe with damaging winds and heavy rain.  Highs will be in the mid 70s.  Saturday Night will continue to have more rain and some t'storms with lows in the lower 60s.

Sunday will start out with more showers and a few thunderstorms as the cold front moves through Baton Rouge.  Again, some storms could be strong at times.  Highs will be around 70.  Sunday Night will be mostly cloudy with a few stray showers.  Lows will turn colder in the wake of the front as they fall to the lower 40s.

Get out and enjoy the delightful weather!  Have a nice day! -Dave


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