BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - As we head into the afternoon hours, clouds remain in place, keeping temperatures from moderating much through the morning hours.

FIRST ALERT FORECAST: January 15, 2019, 9News at Noon

Our early low officially dropped into the upper 30s, and so far, we’ve seen very little temperature rebound. In fact, with the persistent low-level cloud cover, we may just barely break out of the 40s later today and remain well below our “normal” high for mid-January (62 degrees).

Tonight, skies will be partly cloudy and the low will be 40 degrees.

Wednesday, we will definitely welcome a warming trend and no umbrellas (yet), with a high of 62 degrees. As an upper level ridge builds from west to east across the area, it will be nice to keep relatively mild conditions in the forecast through the end of the week, into the first half of the weekend.

However, along with daytime highs pushing near 70 degrees, we’ll need to keep umbrellas nearby Thursday, Friday, and especially Saturday (80 percent coverage of showers/storms, potential severe weather in the mix as well).

Following the passage of the strong frontal boundary Saturday, be prepared for an arctic air mass Sunday into Monday, with an overnight low possibly dropping as low as 26 degrees.

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