Friday, April 20, 2012

Showers to Start Saturday

As promised, we got to enjoy one more day of nice weather. Most WAFB neighborhoods woke to temps in the mid to upper 50°s, with afternoon highs ranging from the upper 70°s to lower 80°s under partly cloudy skies.

As of 6 p.m., widespread shower and t-storm activity extends from NW Louisiana into eastern Texas along an eastward-moving cool front. While current radar views look rather ominous, we expect the rains to weaken as they approach from the west after dark this evening. That being said, scattered showers and a few t-storms could still survive the journey into portions of the WAFB viewing area before midnight.

Scattered showers and isolated t-storms will remain possible during the overnight hours as that cool front moves through and low pressure cranks up in the northern Gulf. The fact that the low is expected to develop offshore is actually good news for most of us. That should serve to keep the focus for the heaviest rains out in the Gulf, with a few heavy downpours right along the coast.

Titan9 RPM model projection for 7 a.m. on Saturday morning.

Any showers should diminish into the afternoon, giving way to breezy and cooler conditions. Daytime temps won’t get out of the 60°s for most of us.

Sunshine is back on Sunday just in time for the Earth Day festivities in downtown Baton Rouge. Temps will likely be in the lower 70°s when the event kicks off at Noon and climb into the mid to upper 70°s during the mid to late afternoon hours. Winds will continue to be rather gusty as well, although they should settle down a bit as the day wears on.

We’ll see a reinforcing shot of cool air arriving by late Sunday, resulting in a somewhat cool start to the workweek. After a morning start in the lower 50°s, Monday’s highs are only expected to reach the lower 70°s.

We’re keeping the forecast mainly dry from Sunday through Thursday, with isolated showers possible by next Friday.

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