Thursday, December 6, 2012

Sunshine Returning Friday Afternoon

By Steve Caparotta

A weak area of low pressure lingering along our coast kept many of us under the clouds yet again today. While we did see a few peaks of blue skies around metro Baton Rouge, we also saw a few passing showers this afternoon. Look for skies to remain mostly cloudy overnight, with a slim chance of a shower. Returning areas of fog will be our biggest concern.

Friday starts out with plenty of low clouds and fog, but I expect to see more in the way of sunshine by the afternoon. That should allow highs to climb into the mid 70°s. A stray shower can’t be completely ruled out, but most of us should stay dry. That forecast should hold pretty well for Saturday as well...and that's good news for the Cortana Kiwanis Christmas Parade in downtown Baton Rouge Saturday evening.

Sunday will be yet another day starting out with fog, followed by mostly cloudy skies and isolated showers in the afternoon. It’s late Sunday night into Monday when things look to get a bit more interesting in our weather…

A strong cold front will approach the area from the west, delivering numerous showers and t-storms on Monday. It’s still a bit too soon to say with much certainty, but the possibility of a strong storm or two may exist. The biggest story though will be the cool-down in the wake of Monday’s front. In fact, high temperatures for the day will likely occur in the morning, with readings falling during the afternoon.

Highs are expected to be stuck in the 50°s on Tuesday and Wednesday, with lows dipping into the 30°s! That cold weather that so many of you have been asking for should finally return next week!

While many cold fronts sweep the area clear of clouds with their passage, it appears as though the southern branch of the jet stream will remain overhead through much or all of next week. What does that mean? Look for clouds and even the chance of a few showers to stay with us through the balance of the week.

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