Tuesday, February 7, 2012

More Fine February Days Ahead!

By Jay Grymes & Steve Caparotta

Tuesday turned out to be a fine day, as the high-level clouds we anticipated for much of the day failed to materialize -- that meant tons of sunshine for the afternoon, and we think tomorrow will be much the same.

A quick-moving cool front will slide through the Bayou State early on Wednesday. Skies will become partly cloudy overnight but the air is simply too dry for this front to be a rainmaker. We’ll start Wednesday with sun-up temps in the mid 40°s for metro Baton Rouge. Northerly winds through the day will keep the humidity at bay, with mostly sunny skies in the afternoon and highs in the mid to upper 60°s for the Red Stick.

Plan on fair to partly cloudy skies for Thursday and Friday. Both days will be a couple of degrees cooler, with sunrise temps in the low 40°s and afternoon highs in the low to mid 60°s for metro BR.

The outlook into Saturday remains a little uncertain. A cool front will try to dip southward and reach the Gulf states, but our thinking is that the front fizzles out on its way here and it stays mainly dry. At the most, we could see a few sprinkles early on Saturday, before high pressure takes over during the day.

That high pressure dome is a Canadian air mass, and earlier in the week we thought it might prove to be a real chiller for the WAFB viewing area. But more recent projections suggest that the core of the cold air mass will remain to our north and slide eastward. In the end, we’ll get another shot of slightly cooler air for Saturday and Sunday, but it’s now looking like the Sunday morning freeze threat is just about off the forecast table.

So the weather should be cool but dry for weekend Mardi Gras parades and revelers! But we do bring “scattered rains” back into the forecast for Monday and Tuesday.

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