Thursday, January 19, 2012

Clouds Remain, Spotty Showers & Even Warmer!

By Jay Grymes & Steve Caparotta

Thursday certainly was not the “prettiest” day weather as clouds blanketed the area throughout the better part of the day. A few folks saw some peaks of sunshine but gray skies were the rule with occasionally gusty winds during the afternoon. A look at 5 p.m. winds shows the pronounced southerly flow that resulted in today's warm-up that will persist into the weekend.

The clouds stay with us tonight and we could see a couple of light showers after midnight and into the morning, but most of us will remain dry. With the southerly flow in place, temps won’t drop much overnight -- many WAFB communities, especially those located from the interstate southward, will remain in the 60°s through the night and into Friday morning.

Friday won’t be much different in terms of the clouds. But it will get warmer, as many neighborhoods will see the thermometer reach the mid 70°s by mid-afternoon. We expect spotty showers during the day and Friday will be a bit windier as well -- mainly south winds in the 10-20 mph range with higher gusts.

We still see Saturday as a “wet” day for many, although we’ve back rain chances down a tad from yesterday. We’re thinking a 30% to 40% chance of rain for your backyard, with the higher end of that range (~40%) posted for BR and points northward and the lower end (~30%) for areas south of the Capital City. But highs will return to the 70°s once again.

And it’s more 70°s for Sunday, under a sun/cloud mix through the day.

Recent rains have taken a minor “bite” out of the prolonged drought for many of our SW Mississippi viewers and some of the communities to the north and NW or Baton Rouge, but we maintain “moderate to severe drought” conditions for just about everyone south of the I-10/12 corridor.

Yes, many of us could still use plenty of rain. The forecast for next week ooks a bit wetter than many of us have seen in recent weeks, so maybe some additional drought relief is right around the corner.

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