FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Friday afternoon showers before sunny Easter weekend

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - It’s certainly a bit of an oddity for Friday afternoon with a few showers and even the potential for one or two weak thunderstorms rotating out of the northwest. In fact, the National Weather Service (NWS) is even suggesting one or two neighborhoods could see a little pea-sized hail (although Jay is not convinced). The bottom line is the majority of the Baton Rouge area will stay dry, there is no threat for severe weather, and all the action will be ending quickly Friday evening.

FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Friday afternoon showers before sunny Easter weekend

And then comes the pay off: the Easter weekend is going to be a real spring beauty.

It will be a cool start to Saturday morning, with daybreak temperatures in the mid 40s for the Red Stick and a Saturday afternoon high in the low to mid 70s under sunny skies. We will follow that up with Easter morning daybreak temperatures around 50° across the region, with afternoon highs around 80º, once again under sunny skies. Even the Easter Bunny will be excited about that!

The First Alert Forecast is a dry one for Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday too. We will toss in a 10 percent chance of showers for late Wednesday, but that’s not enough to plan around. Highs for all three days will be in the low 80s under fair to partly cloudy skies. Our next rainmaker looks like a cold front approaching from the west Thursday into Friday. We are still juggling the timeline a bit, but plan on rain likely somewhere within that two-day window.

The Storm Team’s outlook for next weekend (April 27 and 28) remains fuzzy. For the time being, we are calling for scattered rains for both Saturday and Sunday, but confidence is low. Let’s watch and see how that forecast gets fine-tuned in the coming days while we enjoy a nice run of welcomed dry weather.

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