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.
With Tropical Storm Gamma already spinning in the southern Gulf and the Caribbean’s Tropical Storm Delta getting upgraded to a hurricane Monday night, we received a double reminder that we’re still a long way from the close of the 2020 Hurricane Season.
It’s October, and that means we’re on the down slope of tropical landfall threats for Louisiana based on the historical record. However, don’t think that October is not a potentially active and dangerous month for the Bayou State.
We are at the beginning of an extended and welcome run of autumn weather, where the forecast is built around abundant sunshine during the day, mainly clear skies at night, and a run of days with temperatures at or below normal for this time of year.
As expected, Wednesday was a rainy day across the WAFB area with showers and thunderstorms linked to the remnants of Beta. As of Wednesday afternoon, Beta was moving through central Louisiana on its way to Mississippi along a northeastward track. Rainbands linked to Beta’s circulation were bei
While eyes are on Tropical Storm Beta in the western Gulf, our focus is on the local rainfall forecast over the next three days, especially once Beta makes a turn to the northeast and heads towards Louisiana.
While the First Alert Storm Team can’t guarantee a totally rain-free Friday for the viewing area, rain chances for most of the area are set at 10% or less with a slightly higher chance of rain along and near the coast.
After Thursday, it’s goodbye to the 90°s with Baton Rouge area highs in the mid 80°s for Friday and the weekend. A cool front will be pushing southward through the region late Friday into early Saturday morning.
Louisiana has been spared from the tropical winds and rains that were in the forecast just a few days ago, but there are still some minor storm surge issues for portions of St. Bernard and Plaquemines parishes, as well as the inland tidal lakes (Pontchartrain and Maurepas).
A cold front will be approaching Louisiana from the northwest over the weekend and into Monday. Unfortunately, instead of delivering a welcomed departure from the summer-like heat and humidity, it looks like the front may stall over the state rather than push through to the Gulf.