FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Cold day, but warm-up on the way

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Tuesday’s persistent clouds resulted in a big bust on the day’s temperature forecast. It wasn’t as cold as expected for the morning and it didn’t get as warm as predicted for the afternoon.

The clouds have been thinning a bit during the afternoon and that trend should slowly continue into the night. Expect a sun/cloud mix for Wednesday’s daybreak, with morning lows dropping into the upper 30s for many WAFB neighborhoods. Let’s call it partly cloudy to a sun/cloud mix Wednesday afternoon with highs getting into the low 60s. It gets warmer still for Thursday and Friday, with highs expected to reach the upper 60s to low 70s. The First Alert Forecast continues to call for scattered showers on both days, but rain totals are expected to be limited with most communities only getting about 0.1” for a two-day total.

The Storm Team is issuing a First Alert Action Day to get you prepared for a wet first half of the weekend. Saturday rain totals are likely to run at under 1” for most WAFB neighborhoods, but there appears to be a low-end chance for a few active/strong/severe storms ahead of a strong cold front that sweeps through the Lower Mississippi Valley.

Highs Saturday will again be in the upper 60s to 70° or more, but get prepared for a marked change behind the cold front as an arctic air mass sweeps into the region.

Sunday will be dry, with clearing skies as the day progresses, but it starts off cold with sunrise temperatures in the mid to upper 30s for much of the WAFB area. The afternoon stays chilly, with highs only getting into the mid to upper 40s. That will be followed by what will likely be the coldest morning of the season thus far, with mid 20s expected for metro Baton Rouge Monday morning.

Fortunately, temperatures will climb into the 40s Monday afternoon under mainly sunny skies. While it won’t be a prolonged running of sub-freezing temperatures, the Storm Team recommends you have all of your hard freeze preparations in place: pipes wrapped, plants protected, and a dry, warm spot for the pets.

The extended outlook calls for a few showers Tuesday (Jan. 24) with rain likely the following Wednesday (Jan. 25).

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