Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Spring 'Starts' in Fine Fashion!

WAFB Storm Team QuickCast:
- afternoon and evening clouds should thin out overnight
- Spring begins tomorrow with a beautiful weather day
- looking good for Friday
- “wet” is back for the weekend

The clouds that developed this afternoon are courtesy of a week cool front sliding from northwest-to-southeast across the Bayou State. However, through 4PM we’ve yet to see so much as a sprinkle on Titan9 Doppler -- there’s just not enough moisture in the air for the front to spawn any showers.

Spring officially kicks-off at 11:57 CDT on Thursday, and Mother Nature will be delivering a beauty of a day to start the new season. Some lingering clouds in the morning should fizzle away quickly, leaving us with sunny skies, light winds and highs in the low to mid 70°s for Thursday afternoon in the Red Stick.

Friday looks good too under partly cloudy skies with highs climbing into the upper 70°s for most WAFB communities. Unfortunately, the good weather won’t hold through the coming weekend.

Our next cool front arrives Saturday, and it should have a little more Gulf moisture to work with as it passes by. In addition, the weekend front looks like it will slow its southward advance and become nearly stationary along or near the coast late Saturday into early Sunday. Add to that a series of upper-level disturbances tracking from west-to-east across the Gulf Coast region from late Saturday right into Monday and you’ve got a formula for wet weather. We’re going with scattered showers and t-storms start during the latter half of Saturday with rain likely for both Sunday and Monday before winding down on Tuesday.

The other weather item of note is the considerable cool-down we expect over the coming weekend. We’ve got highs in the 70°s for Saturday, upper 60°s for Sunday, but by Monday many WAFB communities may be struggling just to climb to 60°!

Yet another weak front will slide through the region early Tuesday delivering another dose of cooler-than-normal weather for Wednesday. Seems like Ol’ Man Winter is just not quite ready to let go of the chilly grip he’s had on the region for much of the past few months. The good news, however, is that we don’t see any late freeze threats at this time.

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