Friday, February 10, 2012

Goodbye Rain, Hello Freeze!

By Jay Grymes & Steve Caparotta

It’s been a very soggy Friday and the clouds kept temps in the 40°s for much of the day. But there is some good news for the ladies of Artemis as the rains are exiting the BR metro area -- although it will remain cloudy and cool, it will be mostly rain free for tonight’s Krewe of Artemis parade!

Some light rain is still falling to the east and south of BR as of 4PM, but even that will be exiting to the east through the evening. By Saturday morning, the clouds will be clearing out as well. Look for Saturday’s sun-up temps in the low 40°s for metro BR. Sunshine will be the rule of the day for Saturday, but a cold air mass and northerly winds will mean highs only in the low 50°s.

So for Saturday, it’s dry but cool for the array of parades across the area – so just dress warm and get ready to catch some cold beads!

Then comes what may be the weekend’s BIG weather story: a morning freeze for Sunday! A FREEZE WATCH and a HARD FREEZE WATCH for Sunday morning currently include virtually all of the WAFB viewing area. A “hard freeze” seems possible, if not likely, for many WAFB communities near and north of the LA/MS state line.

Truth is, we are overdue for a freeze. We’ve only seen about half the normal number of freezes thus far this winter, with no “hard freezes” (temps at or below 26°) recorded at Metro Airport yet this winter. In fact, Sunday morning’s chiller will be Metro Airport’s first freeze since January 15th.

Thankfully, the core of the Arctic air mass delivering Sunday’s freeze will be pushed quickly to the east, which means only one freeze-day with this event. High temps will return to the low 50°s on Sunday, with Monday’s low in the mid to upper 30°s for the ‘Red Stick.’

Our forecast for next week indicates unsettled weather returns, with rain chances posted for just about each day of the work week. But you will also notice a warm-up in our forecast, with highs returning to the 70°s by Wednesday.

Stay warm and enjoy the weekend!

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