FIRST ALERT NOON WEATHER: Didn't feel like Spring this morning - WAFB 9 News Baton Rouge, Louisiana News, Weather, Sports

FIRST ALERT NOON WEATHER: Didn't feel like Spring this morning

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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

YOUR QUICKCAST:
TODAY:  COLD AM; sunny skies, light winds; cool – a high of 64°
TONIGHT:  clear, another very chilly overnight – a low of 40°
TOMORROW:  more sunshine; light south winds; warmer – a high of 71°

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
~Good looking start to Easter week. Through Wednesday, umbrellas won’t be necessary; by Thursday, we’re back to a “likely” wet weather potential!
~VERY chilly start to the spring season – at least it’s not “snowing” like it is in the northeastern part of the country.
~Right now, it looks as if the upcoming 3 day weekend will be mild, but a slight rain chance is back in our forecast (after Good Friday) … Saturday, 20%; Easter Sunday, 40%.

BOATERS FORECAST:
Coastal Waters: NW winds, 10 knots; Seas, 2 – 4 feet; light chop
Inland Lakes: N-NW, 5 – 10 knots; Waves, 1 foot or less

TIDES FOR MARCH 22:
HIGH TIDE: 12:49 pm  +0.4
LOW TIDE: 7:24 am  +0.3

RECORD HIGH/LOW FOR MARCH 21: 87° (1982); 28° (1965)
NORMAL HIGH/LOW FOR MARCH 21: 74°; 51°

SUNRISE: 7:07 am
SUNSET: 7:17 pm

WEATHER HEADLINES:
Very dry air-mass across the deep South; calm winds allowed the overnight/pre-dawn temperatures to drop rapidly. No reported “records” but colder than the norm!

Another “chilly” overnight – however, an increasingly southerly wind flow will aid in warmer afternoon temperatures starting tomorrow, 71°; Wednesday, 77°

By Thursday, a deepening upper level trough will dip SE from the Pacific NW and an associated cold front will surge southward into SE LA/SW MS.

At this point in time, it does appear there could be the potential for strong to severe storms during the day Thursday as this early spring boundary swings eastward (70% - 80% rain).

Rain should be clear of the area by Good Friday but there is currently some disagreement between various models regarding the return of showers – specifically, when and how wide the coverage – Saturday, isolated showers; Easter Sunday, 40% (which is in the “scattered” category).

At least temperatures will moderate by the end of the week – morning lows Friday through Sunday in the upper 40°s/upper 50°s; daytime highs (during the same time frame) from the upper 60°s/mid 70°s.

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