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Showers return to the forecast for a few days

11 months 1 week 1 day ago April 19, 2016 Apr 19, 2016 Tuesday, April 19 2016 April 19, 2016 6:00 AM in Weather
Source: WBRZ Weather Center

After a few mostly cloudy but rain free days, showers will again be possible through Thursday. No washouts are expected.

THE FORECAST:

Today and Tonight: With another day featuring plenty of clouds, Tuesday will also bring the chance for a few showers. The best chances will be west of a north-south line through Baton Rouge during the afternoon hours. Highs will head for the upper 70s with southeast winds of 5-10mph. Overnight will be mostly cloudy with lows in the mid 60s.

Up Next: Wednesday will be very similar to Tuesday with a few showers and thunderstorms, but not a washout. Highs will reach for 80 degrees. Thursday brings the best rain chances of the week with greater coverage across the forecast area. Highs will be in the upper 70s during the afternoon hours. By Friday, showers will ease off with some returning sun in the afternoon. The weekend is shaping up to be warm and dry.

THE SCIENCE:

Forecast Discussion:  An upper ridge will begin to breakdown on Tuesday with some lobes of positive vorticity advection beginning to ripple through the region. Initially, it doesn’t appear as though the moisture layer in the atmosphere will be that thick—to the level that any activity should remain isolated. However, by Wednesday the column should saturate further as more vorticity ripples through the region with a shortwave moving by to the north. As a result, areal coverage in showers and thunderstorms should pick up a little bit on Wednesday. Then on Thursday, with the upper trough axis draped across the region and what looks to be the best forcing of the week with a weak front chugging through, activity should be more scattered in nature. By Friday, a surface high pressure in the Midwest will nudge action to the east with an upper ridge taking over for the weekend. Expect this surface high and ridge to lead to a warm stretch of days Saturday to Monday.

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