Thursday, January 15, 2015

Finally Some Sunshine on the Way!

WAFB First Alert Quickcast:
- rains ending, clouds slowly clearing
- light freeze for Friday & Saturday wake-ups for many
- milder into the weekend
Another truly nasty day: cold and wet with a thick overcast blocking the sun.  However, there is some (sun)light at the end of this cloud tunnel.  In fact, some of WAFB’s more western neighborhoods may see some sun streaks through the thinning clouds before sunset, although many WAFB communities may have to wait until tomorrow for the warming rays. 
We’re just about done with the rains as of the mid-afternoon, although some light showers continue to pop-up, especially closer to the coast.  And after this long run of a persistent overcast, the clouds will steadily clear-out through the evening and overnight.
We mentioned yesterday that while the clouds have kept the daytime temperatures rather chilly, those same clouds were keeping the overnight temperatures a little higher than what we would have experienced under fair night skies: the clouds were insulating us.  Well, that blanketing layer will disappear this evening and overnight while we maintain a light northerly wind. 
That combination will mean a light freeze for many WAFB neighborhoods, especially those north of the I-10/12 corridor.  We’re calling for a metro Baton Rouge morning low on Friday right at 32°.
Clear skies and sunshine on Friday morning should mean a nice warm-up, with temperatures rising into the mid to upper 50°s by Friday afternoon – boy, will that feel good!
It should be a nice January weekend - - and well-deserved too after the recent run of cold weather.  Plan for an equally cold start on Saturday, with sunrise temperatures for many of us in the low to mid 30°s, but fair skies during the day gets most of us into the low 60°s for Saturday afternoon.  And the slow warm-up continues into Sunday, with fair skies and a morning start around 40° for Baton Rouge with afternoon highs in the low to mid 60°s.
A “dry” cold front slides through the lower Mississippi Valley on Sunday.  Monday morning’s start will be in the mid to upper 30°s but we’ve got fair weather on the forecast board for Monday with highs in the low to mid 60°s.  It should be fair to partly cloudy skies for Tuesday with highs in the upper 60°s.  Although we’ll add-in a slight rain chance for Wednesday afternoon and evening, right now it looks like just about everyone stays dry until next Thursday.

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