Friday, January 20, 2012

A Few Showers & Storms Saturday

By Jay Grymes & Steve Caparotta

You sure could feel the Gulf humidity today and you could see it with the condensation on the streets, sidewalks and even some cars. Yes, there were some quick-passing showers as well, but much of the moisture today was due to the steady southerly winds. In fact, had it not been for the winds, it likely would have felt even muggier through the day! And how about that high of 79° for Metro Airport! It was within a couple of degrees of the record last set 30 years ago.

Clouds remain through the night and into Saturday. The winds will back down a bit tonight and with the lingering low-level moisture, fog will once again develop after midnight. Be ready for some pockets of dense fog by early Saturday morning. And as we saw last night and earlier this morning, a few passing sprinkles can’t be ruled out.

In fact, we’re keeping a 20% to 30% chance of rain -- including a few t-storms -- in the forecast for Saturday morning and afternoon. We’re not concerned about active or widespread severe weather, but one or two t-storms could be on the “strong” side during the day. Here's a look at how our Titan 9 model depicts our Saturday morning wake-up and the afternoon.

We expect highs in the mid 70°s for both Saturday and Sunday.

Be prepared for another round of morning fog on Sunday, but Sunday looks to be a mainly dry day with a sun/cloud mix. With the moist air mass in place, we can’t rule out a shower or two, but the rain chances for Sunday are very low -- so go ahead and make your outdoor plans.

Our latest guidance suggest that Louisiana’s next cool front slides through the state late Sunday night into Monday morning, with scattered showers and t-storms for our area expected early Monday morning, followed by afternoon clearing. While the air behind Monday’s front will be a little cooler, we stay in the mid to upper 60°s for highs on Monday and Tuesday.

Another front looks to arrive in the late Wednesday/early Thursday time frame.

Have a great weekend!

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