Friday, October 18, 2013

Rains Tonight into Saturday AM

By Jay Grymes & Steve Caparotta

Today turned out to be a bit sunnier than expected in the morning, but clouds have made a comeback and we're now monitoring some rains moving inland as of late afternoon. Live After Five and many of the high school football games likely get off to a dry start, but wet weather could be an issue later on this evening. If you plan on being out and about, make sure you have our free Titan9 weather app installed on your phone so you can keep up with the rains.
With a front to our south and a cold front approaching from the north and west, we expect these two boundaries to “team up” and begin to have an impact on the WAFB viewing area during Saturday’s pre-dawn hours -- we’re going with “rain likely” for the early morning.  However, there is some good news: we’ve backed down the estimates for rain amounts for Saturday and there does not appear to be any concern for severe weather.  Better still, the rains should clear from west-to-east by mid-day for most of us, with areas north and west of Baton Rouge seeing an end to the rain even sooner. By Saturday evening, just about every WAFB community should be enjoying fair skies with cool-and-dry air pouring in from the northwest.

Sunday should be a true autumn beauty: sunrise temps in the upper 40°s for just about everyone along and north of the I-10/12 corridor and a great afternoon under sunny skies with highs in the mid 70°s.
Sunday’s superb weather will only last a day, however, as our next cold front will be rapidly approaching from the northwest.  In a set-up that will be similar to what we expect for tomorrow morning, the advancing cold front will link up with the trailing end of a stationary front over the northern Gulf, resulting in another round of rain from late Monday into early Tuesday.  But much like our Saturday forecast, this all gets through here quickly, with clearing setting-in by Tuesday afternoon and evening, leaving us with a great day for Wednesday.
And for now, at least, our forecast looks good for next Thursday and Friday.  In fact, the weather may cooperate nicely right through next weekend.

And in the tropics, absolutely nothing to talk about!
So get set to dodge the Saturday morning rain and then enjoy the rest of the weekend ... and Geaux Tigers and Jags!

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