By Meteorologist Dave Nussbaum
. . .Possible Winter Weather Event Tonight. . .
Short Term/Wintry Weather: We begin this Tuesday morning with mostly cloudy skies and temperatures that are much colder than they were yesterday as they sit in the lower 40s. You will want to grab a coat as you head out today...
Expect partly to mostly cloudy skies this afternoon. They come from our next weather-maker, an area of low pressure, that is in Texas. This next system will bring plenty of snow to much of Central Texas today, and the clouds from that will spread over Louisiana. These clouds will keep temperatures down to the upper 50s for highs.
Things will get interesting tonight around the Baton Rouge area. The system that is bringing the winter weather to Texas will move into and through Louisiana. If this pans out, this would be the 4th winter weather event in Baton Rouge this Winter Season!!
In Baton Rouge, along the I-10/12 corridor, we will start out with some showers before midnight, and then a cold front will move in from the north. This will send a strong surge of cold air toward us, and the rain could mix with snow at times around the Wednesday morning commute, or around 6 AM. At this point, it does not look like we will see any accumulations, other than on a grassy surface, here in town.
As you go north of Baton Rouge, there is a better chance of the rain changing over to all snow with some minor accumulations. This would include areas like New Roads, St. Francisville, Jackson, Clinton, Woodville, Centreville, and McComb. The event will start out as rain tonight, and then as the cold surge comes down, the rain should change over to all snow between 3 AM and 6 AM. Accumulations could be around 1 to 2 inches on grassy surfaces in a few areas. Please use caution while traveling around tomorrow morning!
Keep it tuned to News 2, Cable Channel 18 and WBRZ.com for the latest on this possible winter weather event!
Week Ahead: Once the wintry mix ends on Wednesday morning, the skies will gradually break up, and we will have mostly sunny skies by the afternoon. It will be a cool day with highs in the lower 50s. Clear and quite cold weather is in the forecast on Wednesday night with lows near 30.
High pressure will be sitting over us on Thursday, and it is going to be a gorgeous day! We will have plenty of sunny skies with highs in the upper 50s. It will be partly cloudy and chilly on Thursday night with lows in the mid 30s.
On Friday, our next weather-maker, an area of low pressure off the Texas Coast, will move into Louisiana. We will see an increase of clouds through the morning with showers returning by the afternoon hours, and continuing through Friday night. Some of the rain could become heavy at times, especially on Friday night. Highs will be in the upper 50s, and lows in the mid 50s.
Early Weekend Outlook: Once the rain ends on Saturday morning, the skies will become partly cloudy as another area of high pressure moves by to the north of Baton Rouge. It will be a pleasant day with highs in the upper 50s. Expect mostly clear and chilly temperatures on Saturday night with lows in the mid 30s.
Another pleasant day is on tap for Sunday with partly cloudy skies. Highs will be in the upper 50s. Clouds will increase on Sunday night, and there will be some scattered showers returning overnight. Lows will be in the lower 40s.
Severe Weather Awareness Week: The National Weather Service in New Orleans/Baton Rouge has declared this week as Severe Weather Awareness Week across Southeast Louisiana. For more information click here.