Short Term Forecast: Once again it is a very cold start to the day across the Capital City! We have clear skies with temperatures in the lower to mid 30s. Some patchy frost is possible around town. Be sure to bundle up as you head out the door!
You will probably not need your jacket later today as some warmer air returns to the area. High pressure will be located to the northeast of Louisiana and that will allow southeasterly winds to usher in the warm air from the Gulf of Mexico. We will also see clouds increasing all day from the west. Therefore, we will be partly cloudy with highs in the upper 60s.
Expect mostly cloudy skies tonight and it will not be as cold. Low temperatures will only fall to the mid 50s. It is not bad for any Christmas parties that may be going on tonight!
Weekend Forecast: The weather will be going down hill all weekend. We will have mostly cloudy skies on Saturday ahead of a cold front. This front will stall along the I-20 corridor. We could have a shower or two in Baton Rouge, but most of you will stay dry. Saturday Night will be cloudy with a few showers. Lows will be mild as they drop to the lower 60s.
The cold front will slowly move into Baton Rouge on Sunday. There will be scattered showers and thunderstorms ahead and along the front. Some of the storms could become strong to even severe at times with damaging winds, hail and there is a slight chance for tornadoes. It will be warm and humid with highs in the mid 70s. Sunday Night will have more showers and thunderstorms. Some could still be strong to severe. Lows will be in the mid 50s.
Next Week Outlook: Monday Morning starts out with some showers and storms as the cold front moves into the Gulf. Then we will become sunny by the afternoon. We will not have a sharp drop in temperatures with this front. Highs will be in the lower 70s. Monday Night will turn colder with lows in the lower 40s.
High pressure sits over us on Tuesday and Wednesday. We will be sunny and pleasant with highs in the upper 60s on Tuesday and lower 70s on Wednesday. Tuesday Night will be chilly with lows in the lower 40s, but Wednesday Night will not be as cold with lows in the lower 50s. Some clouds and a few showers are possible Wednesday Night too.
The next cold front will move through Baton Rouge on Thursday with scattered showers and thunderstorms. Highs will be in the lower 70s and lows in the upper 40s Thursday Night.
Sunshine returns on Friday with highs in the mid 60s and lows in the lower 40s.
Enjoy the warm-up and have a great weekend! -Dave