A few nice days before next severe weather threat
BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - A storm system will continue to slowly exit to the east. Clouds will remain in the first half of Wednesday’s forecast, but we stay dry. The weather will be nice for Wednesday and Thursday. Morning starts will be cool so grab a light jacket. A warming trend will start Thursday afternoon as highs reach the mid to upper 70°s.
A cold front will approach the area late Thursday. Clouds will increase but Thursday is forecast to remain dry as of now. Showers and t-storms will begin to increase in coverage and intensity as we move from late Thursday night into early Friday morning.
The Storm Prediction Center has outlined a Slight Risk (2 out of 5) for a majority of the WAFB viewing area during this timeframe. The main concern will be damaging wind, but hail and an isolated tornado will be secondary concerns. Showers and t-storms will come to an end by lunchtime Friday.
Rain amounts look manageable as this system will move through quickly. Expect rain totals on the order of 0.5-1.0″. At this point the best advice is to make sure you have a way of being alerted in case a warning is issued while you are sleeping as action could be most numerous predawn.
The cold front pushes through Friday afternoon helping to sweep out the rain. This will yield a dry and slightly cooler weekend. Saturday and Sunday mornings will be chill with lows in the mid 40°s. Mostly sunny skies and comfortable temperatures will make for nice afternoons.
Temperatures will trend warmer into the first part of next week before, yet another cold front arrives Tuesday into Wednesday.
The Storm Prediction Center has already outlined a Slight Risk (2 out of 5) for severe weather for the local area Tuesday PM into Wednesday AM. There is certainly plenty of time to monitor next week’s severe threat. But it is highly unusual for the SPC to outline severe risks 8 days out for our area, so it is worth keeping a close eye on.
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