Trend: 50s to 70s
The area will undergo a warming trend through the weekend as quieter weather persists.
Today and Tonight: Skies will clear out on Thursday Afternoon with highs staying cool in the mid 50s. Winds will be northerly at about 5mph. At night and into Friday Morning, temperatures will again by chilly, but likely in the upper 30s. Skies will stay cloud free.
Up Next: As we transition into the weekend, the weather transitions into a warmer pattern. Look for sunshine and afternoon highs juts above average, in the middle 60s on Friday. Saturday will be warmer with a low in the mid 40s and highs reaching for 70 degrees. A pleasant evening is on tap for Mardi Gras festivities around Baton Rouge. Sunday is going to be even milder with lows in the mid 50s and highs in the mid 70s. No rain is expected through the weekend.
Forecast Discussion: Exiting will be a positively tilted trough that has allowed a cold front to linger in the North Central G.O.M. with stubborn clouds stretching northwestward to Baton Rouge. The axis will clear Louisiana on Thursday Morning with negative vorticity advection taking over and high pressure building in at the surface. A clearing trend will be the result with temperature staying below average through Friday Morning as winds go from north to calm. The surface high will set up in the Gulf on Friday allowing winds to turn west and skies to stay clear. Positioned in Florida over the weekend, return flow will bolster highs above average and into the 70s. A few weak patches of energy will roll overhead through this time but should have little moisture to establish any more than some passing clouds. A very deep trough is shown on the forecast models for early next week. This one will inspire a surface low to deepen in the Lower Midwest on Monday with a cold front charging eastward on Tuesday. At this time, we can see a fairly favorable jet stream, but it is unclear what, if any, parameters would be in place for severe weather. Regardless, a big clash in air masses always requires watching. Much cooler than average temperatures will conclude next week with the aforementioned deep trough moving over the eastern third of the United States.
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