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Posted: Jan 23, 2014 6:44 AM by Meteorologist Josh Eachus
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Today we'll see mostly cloudy skies as another cold front approaches from the north. The cloudiness will relegate temperatures to the lower 50s at best. Forecast models drop this front through the area with only a light shower shown in locations west of the viewing area. Like many of the previous fronts, with so much dry air at the surface, this one will likely pass entirely dry.

However, WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY has been issued for East Baton Rouge, West Baton Rouge, Pointe Coupee, East Feliciana, West Feliciana and Iberville Parishes as well as Wilkinson County. The National Weather Service has put out this bulletin due to the possibility that light rain showers may mix with or change over to snow or sleet. Though they remain unimpressive, all major weather forecast models are now squeezing out the lightest amount of precipitation that they are able to indicate. Thus, with the model agreement we now must leave open the possibility for some light frozen precipitation. Chances are still in the 20% range-very low, so while it's possible snow falls, realize it's much more likely we see nothing at all.

Very cold air will spill into the area late Thursday behind this latest cold front. Temperatures will plummet overnight well down into the 20s. Wind chills are expected to be in the teens for a period of time Friday Morning. The National Weather Service has issued Hard Freeze Warnings for our entire area with the exception of Assumption Parish. With the front slowing at the coast and a high stuck to our north, clouds may well linger through the first half of Friday and a northerly wind will make it feel very chilly all day long. As skies start to break, below freezing numbers are anticipated on Saturday Morning as well.

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