FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Chilly start; increasing clouds later in the day

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Temperatures started off Wednesday morning a bit colder than earlier anticipated and, while we held relatively steady in the mid-30s overnight, the Baton Rouge Metro Airport reported a temperature falling (briefly during the predawn hours) below freezing to 30 degrees.

So far, we’re looking at a sun/cloud mix but increasing cloud cover will be the rule later in the day, with light southeasterly winds and an afternoon high (closer to normal for this time of year) in the mid-60s. Overnight, a few scattered showers may develop (30 percent coverage) and temps will be MUCH warmer, with a low only falling into the mid-50s.

You needed a coat Wednesday morning, but you should grab your umbrella Thursday morning as you leave the house and get ready for the return of wet weather. In fact, rain and storms are likely, (at least an 80 percent coverage), and add to that a low-end risk for severe weather.

While overall instability is rather lacking, the Storm Prediction Center is maintaining a “Marginal Risk” across the area (for primarily) Thursday afternoon and evening. This latest weather system should also be a fairly proficient rain producer, so the Weather Prediction Center has issued a “Marginal Risk of Excessive Rainfall” for the parishes east of East Baton Rouge (this includes metro New Orleans). In our immediate parishes, we should be able to tolerate the expected rainfall, so no Flash Flood Watches, etc. are planned at this time.

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