Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Sunshine Returns Thursday!

You probably walked out the door this morning and wondered what happened to yesterday’s sunshine. Yep…the blue skies of yesterday afternoon were fleeting, with mainly overcast skies for most throughout the day today.

However, a reinforcing cool front that will move through the area tonight should help to flush out most of the cloud cover by Thursday morning. That front will also translate into another chilly morning start, with lows near or just above freezing around metro Baton Rouge tomorrow morning. And despite plenty of sunshine on Thursday, it stays cool as highs only reach the mid 50°s.

Tomorrow’s sunshine will once again be fleeting as an approaching storm system brings a return of clouds to close out the workweek. Friday morning lows will again be near freezing, but afternoon highs should be a tad warmer (lower 60°s) despite generally mostly cloudy skies. Much of Friday should remain dry, with just a few showers expected late in the day.

Rain chances ramp up quickly late Friday night into Saturday morning as a cold front impacts the area. Rain and a few t-storms are likely Saturday morning, with rain chances expected to diminish into the afternoon. Yesterday, I was pretty confident the rains would be out of the area well before dark on Saturday; while most of our guidance still indicates something similar, one reliable model shows the potential for rains to linger into Saturday night. We’ll keep an eye on that for potential impacts to Southeastern’s playoff game Saturday evening.

Skies should clear on Sunday and cooler temperatures will return. Dry and relatively cool weather is expected to continue into at least the early part of next week.

Finally…do you remember where you were 5 years ago today? On this date in 2008, significant snows fell across much of the WAFB viewing area. Baton Rouge officially recorded 3” at the airport, but over 5” was reported in Zachary and Livingston, with up to 8 inches in Amite! That “Sneaux Day” was a pretty rare event for our area…and, sorry, but it doesn’t look like we’ve got any snow in our near-term future!

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