Monday, December 30, 2013

Chilly, Mainly Dry to Close Out 2013

The sunshine we enjoyed for a while on Sunday quickly gave way to returning clouds last night and today. If there was any good news to this gloomy Monday, the majority of our viewing area remained dry except for locations right along the coast.
A southwest flow at the mid and upper-levels of the atmosphere will continue to transport Pacific moisture and clouds into the area on Tuesday. That means we’re in for another gloomy day on New Year’s Eve, but again, most of us should remain dry. After a morning start in the upper 30°s to lower 40°s, afternoon highs will only top out in the lower 50°s.

So what about “Red Stick Revelry” downtown and all of the other New Year’s festivities around south Louisiana? You’ll want to dress warmly with temperatures expected to hover in the lower 40°s. The good news is that while we can’t rule out a stray shower or two, we expect a mainly dry night around the area.

It’s a different story as we move into New Year’s Day. Developing low pressure in the Gulf tracking toward the northern Gulf Coast will deliver widespread rains to the area by Wednesday afternoon. No severe weather is expected, but some decent rains are possible from Wednesday into Thursday morning. Some of our guidance suggests as much as 1 to 2 inches of rainfall is possible in spots.

The wet weather exits to the east on Thursday morning and gives way to returning chilly weather for the end of the week. In fact, freezes are likely on both Friday and Saturday mornings, with Friday’s highs only reaching the mid to upper 40°s.

We should see a brief rebound in temps for the second half of the weekend, with the potential for some rain to return late Sunday into early Monday.

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