Warm to start the week, frigid to end it
BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - There is no doubt that the roller coaster temperature ride will continue over the next 10 days. The first half of the week will be highlighted by a warming trend before a strong cold front delivers absolutely frigid conditions to end it.
Temperatures will be near freezing early Monday morning for metro Baton Rouge. Areas north and east of Baton Rouge are likely to see a brief, light freeze. Everyone within the viewing area should check in on people without reliable heat and bring in outdoor pets. The areas north and east of BR should cover any sensitive vegetation they wish to save. A warming trend will begin Monday afternoon as highs briefly reach 60°. Monday should be a pretty looking day with bright sunshine. The warming trend continues into the week as highs return to the mid 70°s by Wednesday afternoon.
A strong cold front will arrive late Wednesday into early Thursday. The Storm Prediction Center does not have the local area under a risk of severe weather for Wednesday PM through Thursday AM. But, that is something we will be keeping a close eye on over the next few days. Showers and storms will be likely Wednesday PM into Thursday morning. Overrunning moisture will keep precipitation in the forecast even after the front bypasses the area. There will be small windows for potential wintry precipitation Friday and Saturday mornings as temperatures dip a few degrees below freezing these mornings. Forecast confidence in any wintry precipitation is extremely low at this time as models continue to show a lack of run-to-run consistency.
An Arctic feel will take over South Louisiana as we end the week. Temperatures will be roughly 15-20 degrees below normal Thursday through Sunday. Finally, we begin to see a subtle warming trend as we go into the following week.
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