Posted: Feb 20, 2014 6:15 AM by Meteorologist Josh Eachus
The stretch of above average temperatures will conclude today. The continuing southerly flow out of the Gulf will haul in more warmth and more moisture. While the thermometers and winter dried skin respond positively to this, the atmosphere will not. The warm, muggy breeze will help high temperatures top out in the lower 80s once again before an approaching could front sparks change. Look for showers and thunderstorms to develop this afternoon and rumble into Southern Louisiana. Current timing shows a squall line ahead of the front crossing the area from west to east between 5pm and 2am. Some of the storms could be strong or severe. Any thunderstorms in the squall line could produce torrential downpours and damaging wind gusts. Once the line passes, skies should clear fairly quickly and winds will become northerly, cooling us off into the low 50s.