BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - It has been another good-looking December day with afternoon temperatures climbing into the upper 60s and low 70s across the WAFB region.
Fair skies through the evening will give way to partly cloudy skies Wednesday night and that’s how we will start Thursday morning. Daybreak temperatures for metro Baton Rouge will be in the low 40s. As the day wears on, we can expect more clouds, but it stays mild as temperatures return to around 70° for the Capital City.
The Storm Team is still expecting a cold front to bring scattered rains to the WAFB area Friday. Some of the more recent computer model runs suggest the system may arrive a bit later than we anticipated Tuesday. That could allow for a few showers to linger into Friday afternoon, but we expect most or all of the rain to be out of the way in time for downtown’s Festival of Lights on Friday from 4 to 9 p.m.
This will not be a very energetic front. Rain totals will run less than 0.25″ for most WAFB neighborhoods and severe storms are not a concern.
Expect dry days Saturday and Sunday under a sun/cloud mix both days. Afternoon temperatures will be in the 60s Saturday with highs approaching 70° Sunday.
Our next rainmaker arrives early next week, with the First Alert Forecast including scattered to likely rains both Monday and Tuesday. Unlike Friday’s front, the air behind next week’s frontal passage will be noticeably cooler. After highs in the 70s Monday, temperatures for Tuesday afternoon will top out in the 50s.
We won’t see a freeze next week, but morning starts Wednesday and Thursday are expected to dip into the 30s both mornings. Fair skies return Wednesday, with highs in the mid to upper 50s followed by partly cloudy skies Thursday, with highs around 60° or so. In the extended outlook, rain returns for Friday, Dec. 13.