FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Clouds early then gradual clearing; trending cooler

FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Clouds early then gradual clearing; trending cooler

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - We will be in and out of the clouds for the first part of our Sunday. Skies should be mainly sunny by mid afternoon. Early clouds will temper the warm up today as highs only reach the low to mid 50s.

Winds will be breezy at times today making it feel a few degrees colder. As skies clear tonight, winds will also diminish. This will set up the area to dip into the mid 30s for morning lows Monday.

You may need the ice scraper Monday morning if you park your vehicle outdoors because of areas of frost. Frost is also expected to be an issue Tuesday morning. Morning lows Tuesday will be a couple degrees colder than Monday, but metro Baton Rouge is expected to remain above freezing.

A brief, light freeze is possible for areas north and east of Baton Rouge Tuesday morning. A warming trend begins Wednesday. The area will stay dry from today through Wednesday.

Rain returns to the forecast Thursday as a series of disturbances move into the area. The first arrives Thursday bringing off and on rain showers. A secondary system arrives Friday delivering scattered to numerous rain showers. We end the workweek with afternoon highs climbing into the low 70s Friday.

By the weekend, a strong Arctic cold front is forecast to push through. Rain looks to be likely Saturday, although timing is still an unknown as model agreement is not very good at this time.

Rain amounts look to be around one inch in many spots. Much colder air will move into the area on Sunday resulting in temperatures not getting out of the 40s Sunday and Monday. A light freeze looks likely Monday (Jan. 21). Another storm system is set to arrive for the middle of next week.

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