Both morning and afternoon temperatures will be a little warmer Friday and into the weekend. Daybreak temperatures for the Red Stick will be in the mid 50°s, with afternoons climbing to the upper 70°s to near 80° the next three days.
The front is not going to be much of a rainmaker; the First Alert forecast currently sets Sunday’s rain chances at 20% or less, and even those places that do get rain are unlikely to receive much over 0.1″ for the day.
A weak cold front has been slowly advancing across Louisiana on Wednesday, spawning a few light showers in the WAFB region through the day. The front is expected to be east of the Baton Rouge area this evening and make its way out of Louisiana by Thursday morning.
The Storm Team is tracking two stories: a continued run of temperatures in the 80°s through the next five days and the very active tropics, with Eta in the Gulf, an invest in the Caribbean, and Theta in the open Atlantic.
Weekend rain totals are expected to average at 0.5″ or less from the interstate corridor northward, but increase to more than 1″ near and along the coastal margin. While we could hear some rumbles of thunder Saturday, severe weather is not a concern.
As we roll into the weekend, Gulf moisture will be returning to the area. While widespread rains are unlikely, we can expect a handful of showers in the region Saturday and a passing shower or two Sunday.
All the focus is on Hurricane Zeta right now, particularly for those living in the New Orleans metro area and the most southeastern parishes of the state, but once Zeta passes, a beautiful fall weekend is on the way.
The front is expected to push through the WAFB area early Friday and move over the northern Gulf by the afternoon. While the front is not expected to produce much rain, it will deliver a significant cooling for the latter half of Friday into Saturday, setting the stage for a great weekend.