Friday, January 23, 2015

Big Improvements for the Weekend!

By Jay Grymes & Steve Caparotta

WAFB First Alert Quickcast:

- another wave of mainly-light showers arrives this evening
- becoming sunny on Saturday, mostly sunny for Sunday
- dry for all of next week

Our run of rains last night and this morning delivered widespread rains of 1.5” to 3.5” for the WAFB area: not enough to be a real concern for our local rivers and bayous but enough to generate standing water in the usual places and make for a not-so-happy morning commute.

While the rains came to an end for most of us by or even before the early afternoon, the dense overcast deck, the northwesterly winds, and the lingering dampness through the day maintained a real winter ‘feel’ to the air. For most of us, it was not what the doctor ordered.

What’s more: we’re not quite done with the umbrellas just yet.

Another wave of mainly-light showers to our west is headed our way. We think that most of it -- possibly all of it -- remains west of metro BR through the evening commute but it does get in here later in the evening. The good news is that it shouldn’t generate much in the way of rain totals and doesn’t last long either. We think that most or all of it will have moved east of the area by midnight or so.

The clouds will begin thinning after midnight, with some clouds likely still lingering around sunrise. We’re calling for Saturday sunrise temperatures in the mid 30°s with skies continuing to clear. Look for a Saturday afternoon high in the upper 50°s for the Red Stick: quite an improvement over the past couple of days.

Sunday is a winner too: we’ll start off with sunrise temps in the mid to upper 30°s for most of us with mostly sunny skies and afternoon highs in the low 60°s.

For next week, we keep things dry right through the work week, with mainly sunny skies for most days. Temperatures throughout the week will be running near-normal to slightly above-normal -- lows in the upper 30°s to low 40°s for most days with highs each day in the 60°s.

So enjoy the sunny, warmer weekend!

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