It was back to the mid 90s for many WAFB neighborhoods Tuesday afternoon and the vast majority of neighborhoods stayed dry through the day. The forecast gets progressively wetter over the next couple of days as eyes are on the eastern Gulf of Mexico.
It will be hot, a bit humid, and staying mainly-dry through the Memorial Day weekend. The First Alert Forecast remains essentially unchanged for the “unofficial“ start of summer with morning starts near 70° and afternoon highs in the low to mid 90°s around the Baton Rouge metro area.
With a forecast for additional rises along the Lower Mississippi River during the next two weeks, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is now anticipating the opening of the Morganza Spillway to accommodate the excess water.
Showers and storms will return in full force during the day Saturday, with multiple rounds of rains over the course of the daylight hours. The Storm Team is setting rain chances Saturday at near 100 percent, meaning just about everybody will get wet.
The high water along the middle and lower Mississippi River will continue for weeks, but the Army Corps of Engineers and various support agencies have done a superb job of minimizing the impacts from seepage and sand boils given the duration of this event.
Even with those Nebraska and Iowa flood waters headed towards Baton Rouge, plus the anticipated snow melt, the latest forecast for the Lower Mississippi River suggests the river will not see a substantial rise in the coming weeks.
You can plan on a dry, but cloudy Wearin’ of the Green parade Saturday morning. Be sure to dress the kids for it. Daybreak temperatures will be in the mid to upper 40s for Baton Rouge, with parade-time temperatures in the 50s.
It will be cooler, however, with low in the 50s for Friday’s daybreak and temperatures only getting into the low 60s for the afternoon. Set rain chances over the course of the day at 50 to 60 percent, with many neighborhoods getting more rain Friday than they did with Thursday’s front.
A cold front will bring scattered showers and a couple of thunderstorms during the day Thursday, with most of that rain arriving after lunchtime. The Storm Team team is setting Thursday rain chances at 60 to 70 percent for the day.