Sun early, a passing shower possible late
After a cold front passes the region this evening, a clear and seasonable stretch of weather will continue through the weekend.
Today and Tonight: Your Wednesday will be mostly sunny with a high temperature once again approaching 80 degrees. A weak cold front will drop into the region this evening, but won’t have much of a moisture supply. A brief shower is possible north of I-10 between 4-8pm, but overall rain chances are limited. Overnight, clouds will clear quickly with lows falling into the low 50s.
Up Next: Thursday and Friday will offer abundant sunshine with highs in the in the mid 70s and lows in the low 50s. The weekend will start off clear and chilly with Saturday Morning temperatures in the upper 40s. Mostly sunny skies are expected both afternoons with highs in the mid 70s.
Forecast Discussion: A weak cold front will be sent through the region this evening as a shortwave trough slides southward through the rear of a deepening longwave trough in the Eastern United States. Very little moisture will be available for the front and uplift leaves a lot to be desired as well. A light shower isn’t out of the question between 4-8pm, especially north of I-10, but rain coverage shouldn’t exceed 30%. At the least, some clouds will pick up in coverage during the afternoon hours and early tonight as the front moves through Southeast Louisiana and Southern Mississippi. Winds will again turn northwesterly behind the front, ending the 80 degree afternoon highs. In addition, deep northwesterly flow will continue behind the front leading to more dry air and more clear skies. Reinforcing fronts will slide through the area Friday and Saturday Mornings, allowing weekend temperatures to near or slightly below average. However, again both fronts will be moisture starved and do little more than generate a few clouds. A broad area of surface high pressure just north of the region will maintain a northeasterly flow and keep seasonably mild but dry air in place through the weekend with mainly clear skies. Early next week, a storm system developing in the Midwest will help to return moisture to the local area and reintroduce showers and thunderstorms to the forecast by Tuesday.
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