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FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Rain could pop up Thursday morning

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As expected, Wednesday proved to be another fine April day, but take note; changes are coming and you may want to have the umbrella ready to go for Thursday morning.

Clouds will be returning through the overnight hours with scattered rains moving into metro Baton Rouge before sunrise. However, we are not anticipating a heavy rain event and expect little thunderstorm activity for the Capital City. In fact, some neighborhoods may stay dry.

The rains will be tracking from west to east across the WAFB area, arriving sooner for areas to the north and west of Baton Rouge and a little later in the morning for areas south and east of the Red Stick. The rains are linked to a cold front that will sweep through the Lower Mississippi Valley.

The action could be a little heavier closer to the LA/MS state line, but we still do not anticipate any strong to severe storms through the morning. The rains should end for the entire viewing area before noon, with clearing skies during midday and afternoon. Highs should reach to the low to mid 70s for Thursday afternoon as sunshine breaks through.

A second cold front will deliver isolated rains on Friday afternoon. For most WAFB neighborhoods, Friday will stay dry. Those communities that do see a shower can expect little in the way of accumulations. Two-day rain totals around the area will be under .25" for most locations, with some places reporting little or no measurable rainfall on either day.

The big weather story is the great looking weekend that we have in store. This will be the first weekend in April where both days are expected to be rain free across the WAFB area. After comfortably cool mornings in the low to mid 50s for Saturday and Sunday, afternoon highs will climb into the upper 70s to low 80s for both days. Expect mostly sunny skies on Saturday with partly cloudy skies for Sunday.

Highs for the first half of next week will be in the low 80s for Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. The latest First Alert Forecast calls for a dry Monday with isolated to scattered afternoon showers posted for both Tuesday and Wednesday.

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