Caught between two systems

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Posted: Apr 17, 2014 6:04 AM by Meteorologist Josh Eachus

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A cold front will approach from the northwest Thursday Afternoon. Meanwhile, an upper level trough and associated shortwave trough will kick up a low pressure system in the Gulf of Mexico.

Winds have become southeasterly at about 5-10mph. As a result, local temperatures will have an opportunity to climb back to near 70° today. There may be some sun available, though less than the last few days as increasing atmospheric moisture and surface warming will allow some clouds to bubble up. Forecast models are bringing isolated showers into the area as early as this afternoon. There appears to be a very tight gradient between areas that will find quite a bit of rain and those that will find only spotty showers. There is a greater chance for steadier rain for locations south and east of Baton Rouge. New Orleans should see much more rain than the Capital City.

Tonight will be mostly cloudy and mild with scattered showers and thunderstorms. Lows will bottom out near 60°.

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