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Cool Today, But Heavy Rain and Storms Return This New Year's Weekend

Today will be a nice and cool day, but do not get used to it.  High pressure will move over us, and that will make it partly cloudy as high clouds move us the region. Highs will be in the upper 50s.  Tonight will become cloudy and it will stay cool/chilly.  Low temperatures in the lower 40s north and upper 40s south will actually occur near Midnight, and then they will rise through the night.  
Our wet weather pattern will begin on Saturday.  The area of high pressure will move east of Louisiana, and this will bring back the southerly flow over us.  We will warm up and have plenty of Gulf Moisture stream over us.  Plus, we will see plenty of Pacific Moisture move over us aloft as an upper-level low moves from Baja California toward the Rockies.  This will all lead to scattered showers and thunderstorms starting by Noon and they will last through the day and night. Some of the rain could be heavy at times. Highs will be in the upper 60s.   If you are headed out to any New Year's Eve…

Cold Front Brings Us Rain and Cool Temperatures Today

A strong cold front will move through this morning.  It will bring us some scattered showers and a few thunderstorms during the morning.  Then we will become clear by the afternoon with breezy conditions and falling temperatures.  Highs will occur this morning around 70, then we will be in the lower to mid 60s this afternoon.  It will remain clear and MUCH COLDER tonight.  Lows will be in the mid 30s north with some frost, an in the lower 40s south.  Protect plants/pets/people north of the lake.
High pressure will build over us on Friday.  This will keep it clear and cool with highs in the upper 50s.  Friday Night will be mostly clear and chilly with lows in the 40s north and around 50 south.  
Our weather will start to go downhill on Saturday ahead of our next cold front.  High pressure will move east of Louisiana, and this will bring back the southerly winds.  We will see more moisture over us and warmer temperatures.  This will lead to scattered showers and a few thunderstorms durin…

Mostly cloudy, foggy and mild today with a few showers possible

DENSE FOG ADVISORY in effect until Noon WEDNESDAY for Lakes & Coastal waters and land areas

More of the same weather is expected today, and that means more fog with muggy weather. A cold front has stalled just north of us, so we are stuck in the warm sector.  Expect today to be mostly cloudy, muggy and mild with dense fog for much of the day over water areas.  Highs will be in the upper 70s.  More fog is expected tonight with mostly cloudy skies and a few showers ahead of a cold front.  Lows will be in the mid 60s.
The next cold front will move through on Thursday Morning.  This will bring us scattered showers and will help to get rid of the fog.  The rain will come to an end around Noon, and then we will become clear and breezy during the afternoon hours.  Highs in the mid 60s will occur in the morning before the cold front arrives.  Then we will see temperatures in the upper 50s to lower 60s in the afternoon.  Thursday Night will be clear and MUCH COLDER with lows in the 30s nort…

Foggy, Muggy and Mild For The Next Few Days

DENSE FOG ADVISORY in effect until 10 AM Monday for much of Southeast Louisiana near bodies of water. Visibility could drop to a quarter-mile or less. Drive slowly and carefully.  It goes until Noon today for areas Lakes.
More warm, humid and foggy weather expected for today through Wednesday.  Southeast winds continue to pump in Gulf Moisture and warm temperatures over the region.  This means we will continue to be mostly cloudy with isolated showers, and dense fog. Some of the fog could last for much of the day over bodies of water.  Highs will be in the upper 70s each day.  Lows will be in the 60s on both sides of the lake.
A cold front will finally move through on Thursday with spotty showers. Highs will be around 70.  It will turn much cooler on Thursday Night with clear skies.  Lows will be in the 40s.   High pressure will briefly sit over us on Friday, and this will keep us clear/sunny.  It will be a cool day with highs around 60.  Friday Night will be cool/chilly with 30s north…

A Look At New Orleans Past Weather Events On Christmas

Over the years we have had a wide variety of weather in New Orleans on Christmas Day! We've had Spring-like weather, severe weather, extreme cold and even one White Christmas.  

Do you remember the Christmas of 1989?  Just before Christmas on December 22-23, we had a record cold blast in the city.  On the 22nd we had a record low of 15° with 1/2 inch of snow! On the 23rd, we had a record low of 11° - YES in New Orleans it got that cold!  These temperatures caused local ponds and lakes to freeze.  Roads and bridges were iced over, so you couldn't travel anywhere!  Pipes were bursting everywhere since high temperatures were not getting above freezing.  The snow melted before Christmas, but it remained VERY cold with a high of 49°.


The coldest Christmas high temperature was back in 1983. We woke up to a morning low temperature of 14°! Then we only "warmed up to a high of 27° - now that feels like Christmas!

Last year we had a record high of 82°!!  I was here for that, and it is…
Today will be another gloomy one across the region. We will have foggy conditions sticking around for the morning with mostly cloudy skies all afternoon.  It will be mild with highs in the upper 60s.  Dense fog will be an issue tonight across the area with mostly cloudy skies.  Lows will be around 60.  
Get ready for a mild and foggy Christmas Weekend!  An area of high pressure over the Gulf of Mexico will slowly move to the east toward Florida. This will bring back southerly flow over SE LA all weekend, and that means much warmer temperatures.  We will start out Saturday/Christmas Eve with some dense fog and it could stick around well into the day. Otherwise, it will be mostly cloudy and mild with highs in the mid 70s.  Saturday Night will be cloudy with more dense fog. Santa will need Rudolph to guide his sleigh for sure!! Lows will be in the 60s.  
Christmas Morning will be very foggy with some mist and temperatures in the 60s.  The fog will likely stick around for much of the day w…

Mild Weather Continues Today, But It Becomes Much Warmer For Christmas

A weak cold front will sweep across Louisiana today, but it will not have much moisture associated with it.  Therefore, we will be mostly cloudy and mild with only a slight chance for a shower.  Highs will be in the mid 60s.  Tonight will be partly cloudy, but we will not see a big cool-down behind this front since the air mass behind it has a Pacific origin vs Canadian one.  Lows will be in the upper 40s north and mid 50s south.  
Friday will still be a mild day with mostly cloudy skies.  Highs will be in the mid 60s.  Fog is possible Friday Night with lows in the 50s north and 60s south.
Get ready for an unseasonably warm Christmas Weekend!  An upper-level low will move from Baja California NE into the Rocky Mountains.  This low and a warm front will transport in warm and more humid air from the Pacific and Gulf over Louisiana all weekend.  At the same time, a ridge of high pressure will sit over the Eastern Gulf and this will pump in southerly flow over us.  We will have partly clou…

Winter is here and it will feel like it in New Orleans

Today is the First Day of Winter.  It officially arrived at 4:44 AM CST.  We experience the shortest hours of daylight of the year.  That means around 10 hours for us in New Orleans.  Temperatures will actually be what they are supposed to be this time of year with highs in the lower to mid 60s and lows in the 40s.  Overall, a somewhat typical Winter day in NOLA!
We will become much warmer today as the winds shift from the north to the southeast.  High clouds will stream over us all day and that will give us a mix of sun and clouds.  Highs will be in the mid 60s.  Tonight will not be as cold with mostly cloudy skies as a cold front moves toward us. Watch out for some patchy fog into Thursday Morning. Lows will be in the 50s.  
The cold front will move through on Thursday, but it now looks like we will not see much rain, if any at all.  It will be mostly cloudy and still mild with highs in the mid 60s.  We will become a tad cooler on Thursday Night with lows in the 40s north and 50s sou…

A Warming Trend Begins Today

We will not be as cold today as the area of high pressure moves east of Louisiana.  This will bring us NE to E winds and they will be lighter.  It will be partly cloudy with highs in the mid 50s.  I would still bring your heavy coat with you today, but you may not want the hat and gloves by this afternoon.  Tonight will be partly cloudy and not as cold with lows in the 40s.  
Wednesday will be much warmer as SE winds return with partly cloudy skies.  Highs will be back in the mid 60s - just above what it should be this time of year.  A cold front will move toward us on Wednesday Night with partly to mostly cloudy skies.  Lows will be in the 50s.  
The cold front will move through on Thursday, but I'm not expecting much rain with it. Look for only a stray shower as the front passes through by midday.  We will be mild with highs in the mid 60s, but the temperatures will slowly fall in the afternoon into the 50s.  Friday will only be a few degrees cooler behind the cold front with pl…

Staying Blustery All Day In New Orleans

We will have a blustery day across the New Orleans area.  Expect to see plenty of clouds with more cold and windy conditions.  We could also see some drizzle or light rain from time to time.  Highs will only be in the mid 40s and it will feel like the 30s.  Bundle up all day!  Tonight will be partly cloudy and cold with lows north of the lake in the lower 30s and south of the lake in the upper 30s. Protect plants, pets and people. 
Some sunshine will return on Tuesday, but it will stay cool as an area of high pressure sits just north of us.  Highs will be in the mid 50s.  Tuesday Night will not be as cold with lows in the 40s.  We will warm up on Wednesday as the high pressure moves east of Louisiana.  It will be partly cloudy with highs in the mid 60s.  
Our next cold front is forecast to move through on Thursday and it will bring us a few showers.  However, it is not going to be as strong as this last one.  Highs will be in the 60s, but they will likely fall slowly in to the 50s dur…

A cold front brings us rain, wind and much colder temperatures today

A strong cold front moves through this morning.  It will bring us scattered showers and a few thunderstorms throughout the day along with windy conditions and much colder temperatures.  Our high temperature in the 70s occurred early this morning.  We will fall into the 40s and stay in the 40s through the afternoon.  It will be a blustery day, so bundle up if you are headed out today!  
Tonight will remain cloudy with scattered showers.  It will also be chilly with lows in the lower 30s north and upper 30s south.  There is a VERY SMALL chance for some sleet pellets or freezing rain north of the lake between 3-6 AM. Fortunately, IF it happens, it will not be enough to cause any travel issues since the showers will be ending toward daybreak. 
Monday will be a raw and cold day with plenty of clouds around and a few showers.  It will stay breezy with highs in the mid 40s, but it will feel like the 30s.  Make sure you dress warmly tomorrow!  Tuesday will not be a cold, but it will remain chi…

Big warm-up by Saturday with storms and colder temps. on Sunday

Get ready for some more crazy changes to our weather starting today.  The area of high pressure will move east of Louisiana today and that will shift the winds from the NE to the South.  This will start to warm us back up with mostly cloudy skies today.  Highs will be around 70.  Tonight will actually see the temperatures warm-up all night with lows in the 60s on both sides of the lake under mostly cloudy skies.
Saturday will be mostly cloudy, warm and more humid with a slight chance for rain as a strong cold front moves toward Louisiana from the west.  Highs will be around 80.  The cold front will move closer to New Orleans on Saturday Night with scattered showers and thunderstorms moving into the region by Sunday Morning.  Lows will be in the 60s.  
The front will likely bring a squall line of storms into New Orleans on Sunday Morning and they will move east of us by Noon.  Some of the storms could be strong to severe.  SPC has us in a Slight Risk for severe weather.  The main threat…

Still chilly tonight, but it become much warmer on Sunday

Tonight will be clear, but not as cold.  Lows north of the lake will fall to the mid 30s with some frost, and south of the lake will be in the mid 40s.  Protect plants and pets north of the lake again!
Our weather will start to change on Sunday as the area of high pressure moves east of Louisiana.  We will see the winds shift from the NE to the SE and this will warm us back up!  We will become partly cloudy with highs in the lower 70s.  
Expect some changes to our weather next week!  A cold front will weaken as it moves into Northern Louisiana on Monday.  We will start the day with some dense fog as the dew points will be higher than the lake water temperatures, so this could cause delays on the Causeway Monday Morning.  The fog could stick around for much of the day too!!  Additionally, we will see an increase in cloud cover over us with a few showers during the day.  Otherwise, it will be mostly cloudy, warm and more humid with highs in the mid 70s.  Monday Night will be mostly cloud…

Cold and windy weather today

The cold blast is here as an area of high pressure sits north of Louisiana!  Get ready for a blustery day across Southeast Louisiana.  We will become mostly sunny today, but it will stay windy.  It is going to be a cold day with highs only in the upper 40s, but the wind will make it feel like the 30s and 40s.  Make sure you bundle up!  
Tonight will be colder, but not as windy with clear skies.  Lows north of the lake will fall into the upper 20s with a light freeze likely.  Make sure you protect plants, pets and people.  South of the lake will drop into the upper 30s with some frost, so protect plants, pets and people there too.  
Saturday will be a beautiful day, but it will not be as cold.  However, it will still be cool with highs in the mid 50s.  Saturday Night will not be a cold either with lows in the upper 30s north and upper 40s south.  
The area of high pressure will move east of Louisiana on Sunday, and that will shift the winds from the NE to the SE.  This will warm us bac…

The cold blast arrives today and sticks around through Friday

A strong cold front arrives today with some Arctic Air behind it.  We will be cloudy with a slight chance for some rain during the day.  High temperatures in the mid 50s will actually occur in the morning before the cold front arrives.  Then the temperatures will slowly fall to the 40s during the afternoon.  It will be windy, so it will feel like the 40s all day.  
Tonight will be partly cloudy, cold and windy with a light freeze possible north of the lake.  Since it will be windy, we will not see any frost.  Lows will be in the lower 30s north and upper 30s south.  It will feel like the 20s!  Bundle up tonight!!
An area of high pressure will build over us on Friday and that will make it sunny.  However, it will stay cold with more windy conditions.  Highs will only be in the upper 40s, and it will feel like the 30s to 40s with the wind chill.  Keep that heavy coat with you all day!
The winds will calm down on Friday Night/Saturday Morning.  This will be our coldest night with clear sk…

A cold blast is headed our way on Thursday and Friday

We will have a dry and mild day ahead with plenty of clouds as an area of high pressure sits north of Louisiana.  Highs will climb into the mid 60s.  
Our weather will drastically change tonight as a very strong cold front moves through by Thursday Morning.  It will be cloudy and cool with isolated showers.  Lows will be in the lower 50s north and mid 50s south of the lake. 
Thursday will start out with plenty of clouds, but we will become partly cloudy and blustery by the afternoon in the wake of the very strong cold front.  A MUCH COLDER air mass from Canada will filter down to Louisiana.  Our high temperatures in the mid 50s will occur in the morning before the front moves through. Then the temperatures will fall into the 40s all day.  It will be windy, so it will feel like the 40s.  Bundle up on Thursday!  
We will be clear, breezy and colder on Thursday Night.  Lows will be around 30 north of the lake, so protect plants, pets and people.  Lows will be in the mid 30s south of the l…