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%.
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
Very dry air-mass across the deep South; calm winds allowed the overnight/pre-dawn temperatures to d rop 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.