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Some blue skies for green eyes

1 year 7 months 6 days ago March 17, 2015 Mar 17, 2015 Tuesday, March 17 2015 March 17, 2015 5:08 AM in Weather
Source: WBRZ Weather Center
By: Meteorologist Josh Eachus

Your Louisiana St. Patrick's Day will be a far cry from typical weather in the old country!


Today and Tonight: Like Monday, expect another warm afternoon with highs in the low 80s. Skies will be partly sunny-though there will likely be more sun early and more clouds late. Overnight, clouds will continue to build and a spotty shower may develop. Low temperatures will be in the low 60s.

Looking Ahead: Wednesday Afternoon will bring the best chance for showers and thunderstorms this week. With cloudy skies and showers developing late, highs likely fail to reach beyond the upper 70s. As a weakening boundary settles over the region for Thursday and Friday, skies will remain mostly cloudy and scattered showers will be possible-however no extended periods of rain are expected. Highs will be in the mid-upper 70s with lows in the low 60s. A storm system will kick through the area this weekend, bringing an end to the unsettled weather. It appears most of the rain will be done by Sunday Afternoon.


Forecast Discussion: An area of surface high pressure will slowly weaken through Tuesday. As this occurs and a Gulf Coast ridge breaks down, cloud development will increase through the day. By Wednesday, a shortwave moving through the southern branch of the jet stream will begin to interact with a cold front dipping into the Southern United States. The two will combine to stir up numerous showers and a few thunderstorms by Wednesday Afternoon. More activity is expected in the northern half of the WBRZ viewing area which will be closer to the front. Added clouds and showers will pull high temperatures back into the 70s through the remainder of the week. Additionally, beyond the shortwave and as the cold front dissipates, showers activity will significantly lessen Thursday and Friday as forcing becomes weaker and weaker. In fact, times of sunshine may occur though enough of the decayed front should linger to create mostly cloudy skies and a shower or two. By the weekend, the next mid-level disturbance will ride across this old boundary and bring forth a final wave of rain for the first half of the weekend. This system may well kick a front through the area and return a drier and seasonable pattern for early next week.


You can get forecasts from Meteorologist Josh Eachus weekdays on 2une-In from 5-7am and News 2 at Noon from 12-1pm. Additionally, you can get the fastest and latest forecasts and weather news by checking in with wbrz.com/weather, connecting with Josh on Google+ and following him on Twitter.


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