Thursday, October 31, 2013

Much Nicer on Friday!

By Jay Grymes & Steve Caparotta

It was a very busy first half of the day, highlighted by Tornado Watches for just about the entire WAFB viewing area. But the east-bound squall line that was the key ingredient prompting our regional severe weather concerns started to lose its form as it crossed the Mississippi River, and as of 3:45pm, the NWS began trimming the Tornado Watch for metro Baton Rouge from west-to-east.

By 4pm, we had received about 0.3” of rain at the downtown studio, most of which came in a relatively short downpour. So what does it all mean for the Halloween Trick-or-Treaters?

While the severe threat is off the table for the evening hours, it looks like the rain will persist well into the evening, making for a “wet” time for those trying to go door-to-door during the 5-8pm “Witching Hours.”

We think that most WAFB neighborhoods can expect 0.5” to 1.0” of rain before all is said and done. But the “done” part comes before Friday’s morning drive for Baton Rouge.

In fact, we think that rains will have ended for metro Baton Rouge sometime around midnight or so ... ending even sooner for areas north and west of the Red Stick. While we could still see a shower or two closer to the coast by sunrise, even even those areas clear out by mid-to-late morning, leaving just about all of us with a great looking second half of the day for Friday.

And the weekend? Spectacular! Sunshine for both Saturday and Sunday... Saturday will start out near 50° at sunrise across the Capital City with afternoon highs in the low 70°s. And it turns even cooler for Sunday, with wake-up temps in the 40°s and afternoon highs not even making the 70°s for many WAFB communities!

Scattered showers return to the forecast for Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons, with our next cold front currently scheduled for arrival on Thursday.

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