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Staying cold today and tonight, turning milder this weekend and plenty of rain arrives next week

Short Term Forecast:  We will continue to be cold and breezy this afternoon as an area of high pressure builds to the Deep South.  Some high clouds will stream over us during the day and they will filter the sun.  Highs will be around 50.  

It will be a chilly evening, so dress warmly if you are headed out tonight.  We will have mostly clear skies with temperatures in the 40s.  

Another light freeze is likely on the Northshore tonight with clear skies, but the Southshore should stay above freezing.  The winds will die down, so some patchy frost is possible on both sides of the lake.  Lows will be around 30 north and in the upper 30s south.  Be sure to protect the plants, pets and people tonight.  

Weekend Outlook:  The weekend will start out pretty nice on Saturday with partly cloudy skies.  It will be a little "warmer" with highs around 60.  It stays chilly Saturday Night with lows in the 30s north and 40s south.  More clouds will move over us on Sunday, and we could see a few showers popping up late in the day ahead of an upper-level disturbance.  Highs will be in the lower 60s.  

Daylight Saving Time:  Begins this weekend!  Be sure to "spring forward" your clock 1 hour before you go to bed on Saturday Night by 2 AM!  It is also a great idea to check the batteries in your smoke detector too!  

Next Week Outlook:  Get ready for some very soggy weather next week!  Forecast models are showing we could pick up around 4 INCHES of rain for the week!  Stay tuned to updates this weekend!  

Be sure to keep it tuned to WWL-TV for your latest forecast each day.  You can also get your local weather info by following me on Twitter and Facebook!  


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