FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Keep the rain gear handy

FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Keep the rain gear handy

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - Keep the rain gear ready to go for the work/school week.

Rains will be scattered in nature, mainly during the afternoon and evening hours Monday and Tuesday.

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Watch for fog both mornings with areas of dense fog expected Monday morning.

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If you have work on Presidents Day Monday be sure to give yourself a few extra minutes to get out of the door to account for fog-related delays.

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Temperatures Monday and Tuesday will be 10 to 15 degrees above normal.

That changes Wednesday as a cold front bypasses the local area during the early morning hours.

Temperatures will take a significant dip to end the work/school week.

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The frontal passage Wednesday won’t put an end to rain chances. In fact, rain chances will get a boost as moisture overruns the cold front, producing widespread light-to-moderate rainfall Wednesday into Thursday.

Rainfall totals through Thursday will average near 1 inch which will be manageable.

Thursday and Friday will be chilly weather days with afternoon temperatures only reaching the low-to-mid 50s.

The forecast stays dry Friday and Saturday.

During the weekend before Mardi Gras, temperatures will see a subtle warming trend.

Scattered showers are in the forecast to start Mardi Gras week Sunday and Lundi Gras Monday.

A storm system is forecast to develop in the Central Plains and move into the area Mardi Gras Tuesday into Ash Wednesday bringing higher rain chances and the possibility for a few t-storms. It is way too early to tell if severe weather will play a factor.

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