Friday, January 10, 2014

Rain Tonight, Clearing Saturday!

Fog was a bit more dense and widespread than we expected this morning and it looks like returning low clouds and fog could be an issue this evening before rains arrive later tonight. The National Weather Service currently has a Dense Fog Advisory posted for our coastal waters and Lakes Pontchartrain and Maurepas, but inland areas could see some bouts of fog tonight as well.

Rain Tonight
Otherwise, look for rain chances to increase near/after midnight as a cool front approaches from the west. Our computer guidance has been rather inconsistent in terms of forecast rain amounts over the last couple of days, but it looks like most of the models are now coming in with projections under one-inch for the WAFB viewing area. We can’t rule out a few locally heavier totals, but either way, this will be a very manageable rain event for the area. Additionally, the threat of any severe weather looks to be quite minimal.

Clearing, Nice Weekend
And the good news? The rains will likely be gone for most of us shortly after sunrise on Saturday, leaving most of the day dry. Clouds may linger into lunchtime for some, but sunshine should be back for everyone by the afternoon. With the returning sunshine, highs should top out around a rather pleasant 70°.

In the wake of the front, we’ll see somewhat cooler temperatures to start out on Sunday, with lows in the lower 40°s. But it shapes up to be a beautiful day overall, with plenty of sunshine and highs in the upper 60°s.

Extended Outlook
Clouds will quickly return to the area Sunday night as a fast-moving storm system approaches from the west. We’ll go with scattered showers during the day on Monday as it passes through. Again, we’re seeing some pretty big differences from the models in terms of projected rain amounts, so check in with Jeff Morrow over the weekend to get a better idea of how things will shake out.

After Monday’s rains, we’ll settle into a stretch of mainly dry and somewhat cooler weather for the remainder of the week. Morning lows will dip into the 30°s from Wednesday into Friday, with highs in the 50°s. Some neighborhoods could flirt with a freeze on Thursday and/or Saturday mornings.

Saints Game Forecast

A final note…the forecast is an ugly one for the Saints/Seahawks playoff game in Seattle. Windy, wet and cool weather is expected, with game temps in the mid to upper 40°s. Just as big of a story as the rains could be the winds which are expected to run 20 – 30 mph during the game, with gusts possibly into the 40s. Who Dat!

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