WBRZ https://www.wbrz.com/ WBRZ Weather Weather en-us Copyright 2022, WBRZ. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Mon, 24 Jan 2022 HH:01:ss GMT Synapse CMS 10 WBRZ https://www.wbrz.com/ 144 25 Sunday PM Forecast: Rain moves in Monday, the winter chill sticks around https://www.wbrz.com/news/sunday-pm-forecast-rain-moves-in-monday-the-winter-chill-sticks-around/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/sunday-pm-forecast-rain-moves-in-monday-the-winter-chill-sticks-around/ Weather Sun, 23 Jan 2022 9:30:50 AM Meteorologist Jake Dalton Sunday PM Forecast: Rain moves in Monday, the winter chill sticks around

TONIGHT & TOMORROW

It was another FRIGID start this morning, with most bottoming out in the lower and mid 20s. A few spots even got down to the upper teens such as Baton Rouge, Hammond and McComb. The low of 19 degrees in Baton Rouge almost broke the record of 18 degrees set back in 1930!

Tonight will be chilly but not as cold as the last few nights. Overnight temperatures may briefly touch the freezing mark, especially north of Baton Rouge.

Tomorrow, clouds will increase through out the morning, eventually becoming overcast. Showers will begin to move into the area in the late afternoon and continue through daybreak on Tuesday. When all is said and done, most will have picked up a half inch of rain. Closer to coast, rainfall amounts could be at or over an inch.

LOOKING AHEAD

A reinforcing shot of cold air will move in on Tuesday, keeping the winter chill around for the next seven days. In fact, beyond Monday night, low temperatures will remain in the 20s and 30s through the weekend. Another hard freeze is possible Friday night.



-- Meteorologist Jake Dalton



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Saturday PM Forecast: HARD FREEZE warning tonight, more sunshine on Sunday https://www.wbrz.com/news/saturday-pm-forecast-hard-freeze-warning-tonight-more-sunshine-on-sunday/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/saturday-pm-forecast-hard-freeze-warning-tonight-more-sunshine-on-sunday/ Weather Sat, 22 Jan 2022 9:42:38 AM Meteorologist Jake Dalton Saturday PM Forecast: HARD FREEZE warning tonight, more sunshine on Sunday

TONIGHT & TOMORROW

The coldest air yet this season brings a hard freeze across south Louisiana and southwest Mississippi tonight. Temperatures will be a few degrees colder than this morning, with most dropping to the lower and mid 20s by Sunday morning. Sunday afternoon will feature plenty of sunshine with highs rebounding to the mid 50s.

A HARD FREEZE WARNING will begin at 11pm Saturday for all of the WBRZ viewing area.

LOOKING AHEAD

A Gulf disturbance will bring widespread showers across the area late Monday, into Tuesday. Looking at the latest data, the heaviest rain may stay just off shore, keeping rainfall amounts manageable. A reinforcing shot of cold air will move in on Tuesday, keeping the winter chill around for the next seven days.

-- Meteorologist Jake Dalton


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Forecast: hard freeze expected again Sunday morning https://www.wbrz.com/news/forecast-hard-freeze-expected-again-sunday-morning/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/forecast-hard-freeze-expected-again-sunday-morning/ Weather Fri, 21 Jan 2022 4:39:36 PM Chief Meteorologist Dr. Josh Eachus Forecast: hard freeze expected again Sunday morning

The coldest temperatures so far this winter season are expected over the next two nights. The National Weather Service has issued a HARD FREEZE WARNING from 11pm to 9am for the entire viewing area except St. Mary Parish. Temperatures could reach as low as 24 degrees. Frost and freeze conditions will kill crops, other sensitive vegetation and possibly damage unprotected outdoor plumbing. Take steps now to protect tender plants from the cold. To prevent freezing and possible bursting of outdoor water pipes they should be wrapped, drained, or allowed to drip slowly. Those that have in-ground sprinkler systems should drain them and cover above ground pipes to protect them from freezing.

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Next 24 Hours: Skies will clear out overnight allowing temperatures to tumble from an already low starting point. Low temperatures will end up in the mid 20s and brisk north winds of 5-10mph will cause feels-like temperatures, or wind chills, in the upper teens and low 20s. Abundant sunshine is expected on Saturday and this may even make it feel a little warmer than the last few days. However, temperatures may not quite make it up to 50 degrees—about 10-15 below average for the time of year.

Up Next: The second half of the weekend may begin with a second consecutive hard freeze with Sunday morning temperatures in the mid 20s. By that time, the winds will have finally calmed. Afternoon sun will help temperatures cruise into the mid 50s. Thermometers could hit freezing for a fourth straight morning to begin the new workweek. Highs will stop in the mid 50s on Monday as clouds increase and a batch of rain moves in overnight into Tuesday. Temperatures will stay warm enough to keep that event all liquid.  CLICK HERE for your detailed 7-Day Forecast.

The Explanation: Clouds will continue to break apart overnight into Saturday as a high pressure system settles south into the Midwest. Due to this feature, surface winds will remain out of the north and the funnel of cold air will continue, driving low temperatures into the mid 20s and setting up HARD FREEZE conditions as far south as Assumption Parish. With the breeze at 5-10mph, this will be enough to cause dangerous wind chills in the upper teens and low 20s. The proximity of the surface high will allow for ample afternoon sunshine and temperatures striding for the upper 40s and low 50s. The surface high will settle almost directly over the central Gulf Coast Saturday night into Sunday maximizing the radiational cooling potential—that is clear skies and light winds. As a result, Sunday morning should end up a degree or two colder than Saturday for a second straight hard freeze. Moving into next week, an upper level trough of low pressure will race across the area Monday into Tuesday with an associated surface low. By the time it arrives, the coldest air will have retreated well to the north and enough moisture will be injected into the atmosphere for a large swath of rain to develop. In fact, this system could drop a respectable late January rain total of 1-2 inches. This should not cause any serious problems and might help ease some of the short-term drought issues.

--Josh

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Winter weather threat ending, Hard Freeze expected overnight https://www.wbrz.com/news/winter-weather-threat-ending-hard-freeze-expected-overnight/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/winter-weather-threat-ending-hard-freeze-expected-overnight/ Weather Wed, 19 Jan 2022 3:05:38 PM Meteorologist Jake Dalton Winter weather threat ending, Hard Freeze expected overnight

TODAY & TONIGHT

What is left of any lingering frozen precipitation this morning is moving out, but clouds will linger around holding temperatures in the 30s for majority of your Friday. Overnight, clouds will begin to clear out and winds will lighten - this will lead to significant cooling. Most of southeast Louisiana and southwest Mississippi will experience a hard freeze (temperatures below 25 degrees for several hours). It's a good idea to wrap exterior, exposed pipes, as well as drip faucets overnight. We will likely have another hard freeze Saturday night as well.



LOOKING AHEAD

Over the weekend, the afternoons will feature plenty of sunshine with high temperatures rebounding to the 50s. Rain chances will return to the forecast on Monday. Behind this system, more cold air is re-enforced into our area. Over the next seven days, there is no significant warm up so winter is here to stay for a little while.

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Wednesday AM Forecast: Storms tonight, wintry mix late Thursday into Friday https://www.wbrz.com/news/wednesday-am-forecast-storms-tonight-wintry-mix-late-thursday-into-friday-148973/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/wednesday-am-forecast-storms-tonight-wintry-mix-late-thursday-into-friday-148973/ Weather Wed, 19 Jan 2022 6:39:23 AM Meteorologist Jake Dalton Wednesday AM Forecast: Storms tonight, wintry mix late Thursday into Friday

TODAY & TONIGHT

Most of your Wednesday will be quiet but mild with high temperatures in the mid 70s.

Tonight, a cold front will bring a line of showers and thunderstorms through the area. Most of the rain will be east of metro Baton Rouge by daybreak. One or two storms overnight could be strong, but overall, the severe weather threat is low.

LOOKING AHEAD

After the front passes on Thursday, another upper level disturbance will pass to our south moistening up the atmosphere. With temperatures at or near freezing Thursday night into Friday morning, any precipitation that falls may be in the form of sleet and/or freezing rain. Snow is not likely, because temperatures aloft will be too warm. Overall, ice accumulations should be light but we will need to watch for hazardous road conditions.

A very cold air mass will settle in through the weekend with at least four mornings in a row that will be below freezing.

-- Meteorologist Jake Dalton


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Tuesday PM Forecast: cold front to bring late week wintry weather potential https://www.wbrz.com/news/tuesday-pm-forecast-cold-front-to-bring-late-week-wintry-weather-potential/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/tuesday-pm-forecast-cold-front-to-bring-late-week-wintry-weather-potential/ Weather Tue, 18 Jan 2022 6:01:55 PM Chief Meteorologist Dr. Josh Eachus Tuesday PM Forecast: cold front to bring late week wintry weather potential

After a cold front moves through the area early Thursday morning, much colder air will spill into the region. On Friday, freezing temperatures will arrive just as another disturbance moves across the Gulf of Mexico. This will send some precipitation inland and creating a potential for ice accumulation. 

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Next 24 Hours: Thanks to south winds of 5-10mph, a much warmer night is ahead and low temperatures will basin in the low 50s. Beneath partly sunny skies, high temperatures will peak in the mid 70s on Wednesday afternoon. Clouds will start to increase late ahead of a strong cold front. While an isolated shower or thunderstorm is possible in the afternoon and evening, the bulk of the rain will wait until a line arrives during the overnight hours. Like other recent events, the threat for any severe thunderstorms is low, but a few strong wind gusts are possible.

Up Next: Rain will linger, mainly into early Thursday, with clouds likely through the daylight hours. At the same time, much colder air will dive into the area with pre-dawn highs in the mid 50s falling into the low 40s by late afternoon. A fast-moving disturbance will move into the region Thursday night into Friday, returning precipitation to areas along and south of the state line. While rain is expected to fall, below freezing temperatures on Friday morning will open a window of time from 12am – 10am for light ice accumulations. For the entire WBRZ Weather Forecast Area, there is a 30 percent chance of nuisance ice accumulations, over 0.01 inches, which could create slick roads. Isolated areas could receive up to 0.1 inches, which would add a threat for tree and powerline damage, but those chances are less than 5 percent.

Precipitation will end by midday Friday and temperatures will briefly climb above freezing before crashing into a hard freeze in the mid 20s on Saturday morning. Continue to check with the Storm Station for updates. CLICK HERE for your detailed 7-Day Forecast.

The Explanation: sustained onshore winds will cause dew point temperatures to increase into the 50s and therefore a substantially warmer night into Wednesday morning. The rising moisture will prime the atmosphere ahead of the next cold front moving into the region on Wednesday evening. A strong, upper level shortwave trough of low pressure will move out of the Great Lakes region and dig southeast sending a cold front into the area. Limited instability will keep most of Wednesday dry and warm with high temperatures surging into the 70s. As the cold front arrives, the lift created will cause a line of showers and thunderstorms to develop. Given the previously mentioned weak instability, and modest upper level winds, the chance for severe weather again looks low, but is non-zero. The front will quickly push through the area, ending up in the Gulf of Mexico by Thursday morning. Periods of rain are expected to linger behind the front on Thursday morning but should gradually diminish from west to east. Clouds will hang on through the afternoon. All of this will lead to another wild temperature ride with highs in the 50s occurring just after midnight on Thursday followed by stiff northerly winds and sharply colder air in the low 40s by late afternoon. The forecast grows more challenging into Friday. The cold front will slow down in the northern Gulf of Mexico. Late Thursday, an upper level disturbance is expected to move from west to east across the region enhancing lift around the front. While most of the atmosphere will be too warm to support anything but liquid, cold and possibly below freezing air will be in place at the surface. As a result, away from the immediate coastline, a swath of freezing rain is possible Thursday night into Friday, possibly accumulating up to one tenth of an inch. The inland extent of precipitation will be limited to areas south of the Mississippi border and could even be limited to areas south of I-12. Any ice accumulations could result in slick roads, especially on elevated surfaces and spotty tree and powerline damage. Thermometers will warm above freezing later Friday as drier air moves in ending precipitation. However, ongoing clouds will keep it rather cold with highs likely remaining in the upper 30s. With such a low starting point and some clearing anticipated overnight, low temperatures will plummet into the mid to upper 20s on Saturday morning and some locations could experience a hard freeze. As a surface high pressure system builds into the region over the weekend, skies will continue to clear out and high temperatures will moderate back into the 40s and 50s—warmer than Friday—but still well below average. Below freezing temperatures are expected on Sunday and Monday morning as well.        

--Josh

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Tuesday AM Forecast: Warmer this afternoon, rain chances going up on Wednesday https://www.wbrz.com/news/tuesday-am-forecast-warmer-this-afternoon-rain-chances-going-up-on-wednesday/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/tuesday-am-forecast-warmer-this-afternoon-rain-chances-going-up-on-wednesday/ Weather Tue, 18 Jan 2022 6:08:06 AM Meteorologist Jake Dalton Tuesday AM Forecast: Warmer this afternoon, rain chances going up on Wednesday

TODAY & TONIGHT

After a cold start this morning, temperatures will warm into the mid 60s this afternoon under plenty of sunshine.

Winds will turn more southerly today, really pumping up the moisture content. Those southerly winds will also keep us from cooling too much overnight, with most staying in the 50s.

LOOKING AHEAD

Another cold front is set to move through late Wednesday night, into Thursday morning. A line of showers and thunderstorms will develop along the front and push through all of south Louisiana and southwest Mississippi. One or two storms could be strong to severe, with the main concern being gusty winds. A brief tornado can't be entirely ruled out either.

After the front moves through, temperatures will drop quickly through the day Thursday. We will reach a high temperature in the low 50s in the morning, falling into the 30s by Thursday afternoon.

The next concern is what lingering precipitation will there be once the front rolls through. Forecast models are not in exact agreement at the moment, but there is potential for overriding moisture behind the main cold front, and with cold air already in place there will be a window of opportunity for some wintry precipitation on Friday. If anything were to develop, it would mainly be sleet and freezing rain. This is a low confidence forecast right now, so make sure you continue to check back for updates through the week.

-- Meteorologist Jake Dalton

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Monday PM Forecast: briefly warmer before winter has an extended stay https://www.wbrz.com/news/monday-pm-forecast-briefly-warmer-before-winter-has-an-extended-stay/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/monday-pm-forecast-briefly-warmer-before-winter-has-an-extended-stay/ Weather Mon, 17 Jan 2022 5:06:41 PM Chief Meteorologist Dr. Josh Eachus Monday PM Forecast: briefly warmer before winter has an extended stay

It will be another week of wild temperature swings. Following a mid-week cold front with rain and thunderstorms, wintry conditions will return for an extended stay.

Next 24 Hours: A clear and cold night is ahead with light, east winds allowing low temperatures down into the mid 30s. Aside from areas well north and east of Baton Rouge, a freeze is unlikely. Tuesday will bring mostly sunny skies and continued moderation of temperatures. Readings will top out in the mid 60s.   

Up Next: Wednesday will begin in the mid 50s followed by an afternoon peak in the mid 70s. Clouds will increase through the day ahead of a strong cold front. While an isolated shower or thunderstorm is possible in the afternoon, the bulk of the rain will wait until the evening and overnight hours. Once again, the threat for any severe thunderstorms is low, but a few strong wind gusts are possible. Rain will linger, mainly into early Thursday, with clouds likely through the daylight hours. At the same time, much colder air will dive into the area with early morning highs in the 60s and 50s falling into the 40s and 30s by late afternoon. Freezing temperatures are possible several mornings in a row Friday through the weekend. Friday into Saturday, a few, lower chance scenarios introduce moisture to the area while thermometers are cold enough to support wintry precipitation, so continue to check with the Storm Station for updates. CLICK HERE for your detailed 7-Day Forecast.

The Explanation: As a surface high pressure system moves east of the area, southeasterly winds will drive temperatures warmer and into the 60s on Tuesday. The sustained onshore winds will cause dew point temperatures to increase into the 50s and therefore a substantially warmer night into Wednesday. The rising moisture will prime the atmosphere ahead of the next cold front moving into the region on Wednesday evening. A strong, upper level shortwave trough of low pressure will move out of the Great Lakes region and dig southeast sending a cold front into the area. Limited instability will keep most of Wednesday dry and warm with high temperatures surging into the 70s. As the cold front arrives, the lift created will cause a line of showers and thunderstorms to develop. Given the previously mentioned weak instability, and modest upper level winds, the chance for severe weather again looks low, but is non-zero. Periods of rain are expected to linger behind the front on Thursday morning but should gradually diminish from west to east. Clouds will hang on through the afternoon. All of this will lead to another wild temperature ride with highs in the 50s occurring on Thursday morning followed by stiff northerly winds and sharply colder air in the low 40s by late afternoon. The forecast grows more challenging into Friday. While very cold air is highly likely, the extent of it is a little less clear. If the winds can slacken enough, and especially with a few breaks in the clouds, thermometers should end up below freezing on Friday morning. At the same time, forecast model guidance is in disagreement as to the behavior of the mid-week cold front. The GFS depicts a stalled front with a surface low developing in the western Gulf of Mexico and tracking northeastward with a swath of precipitation. In this case, some more rain and wintry precipitation could even be possible Friday into Saturday. The ECMWF shows a progressive front that continues east with drier but colder conditions. What is clear is that well below average temperatures will remain right into early next week with several consecutive freezes likely. The precipitation details should be resolved as we move toward the middle of the week.      

--Josh

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Monday AM Forecast: The forecast changes every day this week https://www.wbrz.com/news/monday-am-forecast-the-forecast-changes-every-day-this-week/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/monday-am-forecast-the-forecast-changes-every-day-this-week/ Weather Mon, 17 Jan 2022 5:31:14 AM Meteorologist Marisa Nuzzo Monday AM Forecast: The forecast changes every day this week

This week will bring a many twists and turns. Stay up to date with the latest forecast.

THE FORECAST

Today & Tonight: A frosty start on this Monday. Temperatures this afternoon will climb into the upper 50s with mostly sunny skies. Tonight, will be chilly again with temperatures in the 30s. A few spots in areas further north will likely reach freezing very briefly.

Up Next: The the short warm up starts on Tuesday afternoon. Temperatures will be in the mid to upper 60s and overnight lows in the 50s. Temperatures on Wednesday afternoon will reach the mid-70s before the next front moves through. An organized line of showers and storms will reach south Louisiana after 8 p.m. on Wednesday. Bouts of heavy rain will continue through the overnight hours and will clear before morning commute time on Thursday. Temperatures behind the front will be much colder. Thursday morning will be in the 40s and afternoon temperatures will be in the low 50s. After that, it really gets cold. Friday will bring morning temperatures in the 20s and afternoon highs in the low 40s. A few more showers will be around on Saturday with chilly temperatures. Click here to see the 7-day forecast.  

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Snow flurries spotted across south Louisiana and southwest Mississippi https://www.wbrz.com/news/snow-flurries-spotted-across-south-louisiana-and-southwest-mississippi/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/snow-flurries-spotted-across-south-louisiana-and-southwest-mississippi/ Weather Sun, 16 Jan 2022 11:22:01 AM Meteorologist Jake Dalton Snow flurries spotted across south Louisiana and southwest Mississippi

Early Sunday morning, snow flurries were seen across south Louisiana and southwest Mississippi.

The snow flurries were so light, they were hardly captured on radar.

While majority did not stick, it was still exciting to see!



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Sunday PM Forecast: Temperatures start out near freezing Monday morning https://www.wbrz.com/news/sunday-pm-forecast-temperatures-start-out-near-freezing-monday-morning/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/sunday-pm-forecast-temperatures-start-out-near-freezing-monday-morning/ Weather Sun, 16 Jan 2022 10:35:33 AM Meteorologist Jake Dalton Sunday PM Forecast: Temperatures start out near freezing Monday morning

TONIGHT & TOMORROW

With clear skies and lighter winds overnight, significant cooling will occur with most dropping into the lower 30s.

Tomorrow will feature plenty of sunshine, with high temperatures in the upper 50s - a big improvement from this weekend!

LOOKING AHEAD

The roller coaster ride in temperatures continues. High temperatures will rebound into the 60s & 70s by mid-week. A cold front will bring showers and thunderstorms Wednesday, especially in the evening. A blast of cold, arctic air will move in behind the front, leaving us with days of morning lows below freezing. There is a lot of uncertainty in the forecast at the end of the week. If any moisture lingers around with the cold air in place, we will have to monitor the threat of wintry precipitation.

-- Meteorologist Jake Dalton

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Saturday PM Forecast: Cold and breezy overnight, blustery Sunday https://www.wbrz.com/news/saturday-pm-forecast-cold-and-breezy-overnight-blustery-sunday/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/saturday-pm-forecast-cold-and-breezy-overnight-blustery-sunday/ Weather Sat, 15 Jan 2022 9:28:41 AM Meteorologist Jake Dalton Saturday PM Forecast: Cold and breezy overnight, blustery Sunday

TONIGHT & TOMORROW

A strong cold front has passed through south Louisiana, putting a dent in temperatures compared to this morning.

Temperatures will drop into the mid 30s overnight. With a strong northwest wind, it will FEEL like the low-mid 20s for most.

As an area of low pressure drives eastward overnight, wrap around moisture in combination with cold air in place, will bring the possibility of snow flurries especially in southwest Mississippi and neighboring Florida Parishes. No major accumulations or impacts are expected.

High temperatures will struggle to reach 50 degrees Sunday afternoon as the cloud cover begins to break apart. Breezy conditions will keep the wind-chill mainly in the 30s for most of the day.



LOOKING AHEAD

The roller coaster ride in temperatures continues next week. High temperatures will rebound into the 60s by Tuesday, followed by another round of cold air at the end of the week. Rain chances will start to go up on Wednesday.

-- Meteorologist Jake Dalton

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Friday PM Forecast: wintry chill moving in this weekend https://www.wbrz.com/news/friday-pm-forecast-wintry-chill-moving-in-this-weekend/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/friday-pm-forecast-wintry-chill-moving-in-this-weekend/ Weather Fri, 14 Jan 2022 5:49:29 PM Chief Meteorologist Dr. Josh Eachus Friday PM Forecast: wintry chill moving in this weekend

The storm station is tracking a significant winter storm that will move across the country this weekend. While wintry precipitation is not a concern for the local area, wind chills will be a factor on Sunday.

Next 24 Hours: Increasing clouds are expected overnight in advance of a strong cold front. Southeast winds out ahead of this system will hold low temperatures in the low 50s and likely cause them to rise through daybreak. Around dawn Saturday, scattered showers will begin to develop. Ahead of the front, high temperatures will make it into the 60s for a short time. However, as a band of showers and isolated thunderstorms blows through around midday, winds will become northwesterly at 10-20mph and temperatures will drop. Expect thermometers to fall through the 50s and into the 40s by Saturday evening.  

Up Next: Behind the cold front, northwest winds of 10-20mph, and gusts over 30mph, will continue ushering in much colder air into Sunday morning. While low temperatures will be in the 30s as the day begins, wind chills will be in the 20s. Afternoon high temperatures will struggle to reach the mid 40s with wind chills in the 30s. Especially early, cloud cover will linger with just enough moisture for some sprinkles or possibly even snow flurries, mainly north and east of Baton Rouge. Any flying flakes will be isolated and not stick. As winds lighten and skies clear, low temperatures will then get close to freezing on Monday morning. Sunshine will push high temperatures back into the 50s during the afternoon. Tuesday will remain dry and turn milder before the next cold front arrives late Wednesday. CLICK HERE for your detailed 7-Day Forecast.

The Explanation: A significant upper level trough of low pressure over the Midwest will merge with a smaller, shortwave trough of low pressure dropping out of Canada. As this occurs, a low pressure system and associated front will develop and deepen over the Arklatex Region into Saturday and clouds will increase through daybreak. Temperatures may sneak into the low 60s before the storm system treks across our area from the morning through the afternoon. Moisture and instability in the atmosphere will be limited so a band of showers along the cold front is the most likely scenario for precipitation. While a thunderstorm or two is possible, severe weather is highly unlikely. Dry air will cut into the storm system by Saturday evening, effectively ending precipitation from west to east. An upper level cold pool trailing the frontal system will spin over the area on Sunday morning.

The combination of cold air and lingering moisture will maintain a low cloud deck and could be just enough for a few sprinkles or even some snow flurries in southwest Mississippi and neighboring Louisiana parishes. No accumulation of snow is expected if any flurries do fall. Clouds should clear by Sunday evening. The other ongoing story will be winds. Expect them to turn to the northwest behind the front on Saturday night and increase to 15-20mph. In addition to advancing much colder air into the region, these winds will produce feels like temperatures in the 20s and 30s for much of Sunday. Actual air temperatures will struggle to climb through the 40s on Sunday, and if the clouds hang on longer than expected, mid 40s could even be ambitious. As winds slacken and skies clear, thermometers will tumble down to freezing into Monday morning. Monday will be chilly with another freeze possible into Tuesday. Moderating temperatures are expected through the middle of the week and the upper level trough departs for a standard zonal (west to east) wind flow in the upper levels of the atmosphere. The next upper level trough will quickly build into the Southeast on Wednesday night sending another cold front through the area. This system could stall offshore to keep precipitation in the forecast, and as the upper level trough deepens to maintain cold air, there could be some interesting possibilities by the end of next week. The conditions do not like quite right at this time, so we will not say the words, but stay tuned.  

--Josh

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Friday AM Forecast: Sunny conditions turn cold and rainy this weekend https://www.wbrz.com/news/friday-am-forecast-sunny-conditions-turn-cold-and-rainy-this-weekend/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/friday-am-forecast-sunny-conditions-turn-cold-and-rainy-this-weekend/ Weather Fri, 14 Jan 2022 5:21:44 AM Meteorologist Marisa Nuzzo Friday AM Forecast: Sunny conditions turn cold and rainy this weekend

One more clear day before the cold front moves in.

THE FORECAST

Today & Tonight: Today will be a near perfect repeat of yesterday. Morning temperatures are a few degrees warmer, and we will be a bit warmer this afternoon with highs near 70°. Skies will be clear through the afternoon. In the evening, clouds will build in, but we will stay dry. Temperatures will be in the 50s for Friday night plans.

Up Next: Saturday will start out cloudy with temperatures near 50° and temperatures will warm into the upper 60s before the next front reaches south Louisiana. Saturday will not be a wash out and showers are expected to be mainly light. A few heavy downpours are possible, but overall, rainfall totals will be less than 1 inch. Rain will be in and out between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Dry skies will be back on Sunday with cooler temperatures. Sunday morning will start with temperatures in the mid-30s and windchills will be in the 20s. Sunday afternoon, temperatures will struggle to reach the 50s. Cooler temperatures will stick around for the first half of next week before they rebound again. Rain will be back mid next week. Click here to see the 7-day forecast.  

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Thursday PM Forecast: quiet until strong cold front blows in Saturday https://www.wbrz.com/news/thursday-pm-forecast-quiet-until-strong-cold-front-blows-in-saturday/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/thursday-pm-forecast-quiet-until-strong-cold-front-blows-in-saturday/ Weather Thu, 13 Jan 2022 4:59:48 PM Chief Meteorologist Dr. Josh Eachus Thursday PM Forecast: quiet until strong cold front blows in Saturday

Expect a quiet finish to the week before a weekend filled with changing weather. Thermometers will come crashing down to freezing by Monday.

Next 24 Hours: A clear and calm night will result in a 25 to 30 degree drop in temperatures from the afternoon highs and lows will bottom out in the low 40s. After a sunny start to the day, the week will end with a few clouds spilling into the area—a sign of the weekend storm system. Topping out about 5 to 8 degrees above average, highs will reach the upper 60s and low 70s on Friday.   

Up Next: The next cold front will bring scattered showers and an isolated thunderstorm or two on Saturday afternoon and evening. Behind the cold front, winds will shift to the northwest ushering in much colder air. Sunday morning will be in the 30s and the afternoon will struggle to reach the mid 40s. Persistent north winds of 10-15mph will result in feels-like temperatures in the 30s for much of the day. Especially early, cloud cover will linger with just enough moisture for some sprinkles or possibly even snow flurries north and east of Baton Rouge. Any flying flakes will be isolated and not stick. As winds lighten and skies clear, low temperatures will then get close to freezing on Monday morning. Sunshine will push high temperatures back into the 50s during the afternoon. Tuesday will remain dry and turn milder before the next cold front arrives late Wednesday. CLICK HERE for your detailed 7-Day Forecast.

The Explanation: Thanks to a weak upper level ridge of high pressure, mainly clear skies and slightly above average temperatures will continue through the end of the week. Saturday, a strong upper level trough of low pressure will move out of the Great Plains and into the Southeast. The basin of the trough will push a cold front into the local area Saturday afternoon into Saturday night. While upper level winds would be supportive of organized thunderstorms, there will be a lack of low level moisture and instability. As a result, frontal lift will likely create a band of scattered showers and maybe a thunderstorm as the front crosses. Ahead of and directly behind the front, winds will pick up gusting over 30mph at times. A much colder air mass will spill into the region, as those winds turn northerly behind the front. Expect winds chills, or feels like temperatures, to stay in the 30s all through Sunday. In the afternoon, high temperatures will struggle to leave the mid 40s, and lingering clouds will not help that cause. Moisture wrapping around the backside of the front could result in some chilly sprinkles or even a few flurries in southwest Mississippi. Freezing temperatures will be possible Monday morning as skies clear and winds slacken. A second, but weaker upper level trough of low pressure will zip through the area on Monday, without any precipitation, maintaining cooler than average temperatures. After Saturday, the next chance for rain will come on Wednesday with another fast frontal system.

--Josh

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2021 was a busy, record-breaking year for weather https://www.wbrz.com/news/2021-was-a-busy-record-breaking-year-for-weather/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/2021-was-a-busy-record-breaking-year-for-weather/ Weather Thu, 13 Jan 2022 4:56:44 PM Meteorologist Jake Dalton 2021 was a busy, record-breaking year for weather

The United States was hit with 20 billion-dollar weather and climate disasters in 2021. An estimated 688 lives were lost and $145 billion in damage was done, exceeding all of the disasters in 2020.

Since 1980, there were on average 7 billion-dollar disasters in the United States each year. 2021 far exceeded the average, as well as in 2020 with a record-breaking 22 billion-dollar weather disasters.



The most costly and deadly disasters of 2021 include the widespread freeze and ice storm in February, summer heatwave in the Pacific Northwest, and of course Hurricane Ida's devastation here in south Louisiana and flooding in the Northeast.

Not only was 2021 a record-breaking year for disasters in the U.S., but was also the 4th hottest year on record according to NOAA.

In fact, summer 2021 was the warmest on record. December 2021 was also the hottest December on record in the U.S., with temperatures 6.7 degrees above average!


To read the full article and data from Climate Central, CLICK HERE.



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Drought conditions are spreading across all of Louisiana https://www.wbrz.com/news/drought-conditions-are-spreading-across-all-of-louisiana/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/drought-conditions-are-spreading-across-all-of-louisiana/ Weather Thu, 13 Jan 2022 3:17:03 PM Meteorologist Jake Dalton Drought conditions are spreading across all of Louisiana

2021 ended as the third wettest year on record for the city of Baton Rouge.

Seven months out of the year recorded above average rainfall totals. But October, November and December were among some of the driest months in the record books. CLICK HERE to read the full breakdown of the rain statistics for Baton Rouge in 2021.

The fairly dry weather pattern has carried over into 2022, with less than an inch of rainfall recorded so far at the airport in Baton Rouge. On average we see 2.49" of rainfall in the month of January.



All of Louisiana is currently in a level of drought. The most significant drought conditions are across northern Louisiana.

Moderate drought conditions are starting to creep into southeast Louisiana including Baton Rouge. Under a moderate drought, fire risk increases and farmers start to plant fewer crops.

Even with a cold front on its way this weekend bringing a chance for rain, most of the area will receive less than an inch of rainfall over the next seven days. 

We are currently in a La Niña winter, which typically leads to a mild and dry weather pattern across the southeast United States. The jet stream sets up across the central United States, keeping the majority of the precipitation and colder temperatures farther north.





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Thursday AM Forecast: Looking ahead to weekend rain https://www.wbrz.com/news/thursday-am-forecast-looking-ahead-to-weekend-rain/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/thursday-am-forecast-looking-ahead-to-weekend-rain/ Weather Thu, 13 Jan 2022 5:40:14 AM Meteorologist Marisa Nuzzo Thursday AM Forecast: Looking ahead to weekend rain

Clear skies will stick around through the work week, and rain is back for the weekend.

THE FORECAST

Today & Tonight: Skies will be clear today! Temperatures will warm well into the 60s this afternoon with highs near 65°. Tonight, temperatures will stay out of the 30s, but it will still be cold, in the low 40s.

Up Next: Friday will be a near perfect repeat of Thursday with temperatures just a touch warmer. Afternoon highs will be near 70°. Saturday will start out cloudy with temperatures near 50° and temperatures will warm into the upper 60s before the next front reaches south Louisiana. Saturday will not be a wash out and showers are expected to be mainly light. A few heavy downpours are possible, but overall, rainfall totals will be less than 0.5 inches. Dry skies will be back on Sunday with cooler temperatures. Sunday morning will start with temperatures in the mid-30s and Sunday afternoon, temperatures will struggle to reach the 50s. Cooler temperatures will stick around for the first half of next week before they rebound again. Click here to see the 7-day forecast.  

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Wednesday PM Forecast: mainly clear until the next cold front this weekend https://www.wbrz.com/news/wednesday-pm-forecast-mainly-clear-until-the-next-cold-front-this-weekend/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/wednesday-pm-forecast-mainly-clear-until-the-next-cold-front-this-weekend/ Weather Wed, 12 Jan 2022 4:49:02 PM Chief Meteorologist Dr. Josh Eachus Wednesday PM Forecast: mainly clear until the next cold front this weekend

After one more night in the 30s, temperatures will run to and above average to end the week. A front will push a rather cold air mass into the region this weekend.

Next 24 Hours: Now that clouds have pushed out of the area, low temperatures are poised to return to the upper 30s overnight. Winds will be light and westerly. A moderating trend in thermometers will be more noticeable on Thursday afternoon. Under sunny skies, high temperatures will make it well into the mid 60s.  

Up Next: With mainly clear skies and winds shifting easterly, the end of the week will be seasonable. After starting in the 40s, temperatures will reach the upper 60s on Friday afternoon. The next cold front will come this weekend with a chance of showers on Saturday afternoon and evening followed by drier conditions and chilly temperatures on Sunday. High temperatures may not get back to 50 in the afternoon, especially if cloud cover is stubborn to break, which appears possible. Low temperatures will then get close to freezing on Monday morning. Sun is expected on Monday and Tuesday afternoon. CLICK HERE for your detailed 7-Day Forecast.

The Explanation: The weak upper level trough of low pressure responsible for the recent cloud cover will be departing to the eats overnight. A weak upper level ridge of high pressure will bridge overhead in its place. Given the continued dry air, light winds and less cloud cover than last night, low temperatures will dip back into the upper 30s on Thursday morning. Thanks to the ridge, through the end of the week. Mainly clear skies will result in near to above average temperatures. Saturday, a strong upper level trough of low pressure will move out of the Great Plains and into the Southeast.  The basin of the trough will push a cold front into the local area Saturday afternoon into Saturday night. While upper level winds would be supportive of organized thunderstorms, there will be a lack of low level moisture and instability. As a result, frontal lift will likely create a band of scattered showers and maybe a thunderstorm as the front crosses. Ahead of and directly behind the front, winds will pick up gusting over 30mph at times.


VIDEO - Josh discusses the big changes expected with a cold front this weekend and where some flakes may be spotted after it passes!


A much colder air mass will spill into the region, as those winds turn northerly behind the front. Sunday afternoon, high temperatures will struggle to leave the upper 40s, and lingering clouds will not help that cause. Moisture wrapping around the backside of the front could even result in some chilly sprinkles or even a few flurries in Mississippi. Freezing temperatures will be possible Monday morning as skies clear and winds slacken. A second, but weaker upper level trough of low pressure will zip through the area on Monday, without any precipitation, maintaining cooler than average temperatures. After Saturday, the next chance for rain will come on Wednesday with another fast frontal system.

--Josh

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Wednesday AM Forecast: Cloudy skies but no rain today https://www.wbrz.com/news/wednesday-am-forecast-cloudy-skies-but-no-rain-today/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/wednesday-am-forecast-cloudy-skies-but-no-rain-today/ Weather Wed, 12 Jan 2022 5:34:38 AM Meteorologist Marisa Nuzzo Wednesday AM Forecast: Cloudy skies but no rain today

Clouds will break up throughout the day.

THE FORECAST

Today & Tonight: Under mostly cloudy skies, temperatures will stay in the upper 50s and low 60s through this afternoon. Some thick clouds will be breaking up all day, and we should have mostly clear skies by sunset. Temperatures tonight will drop into the upper 30s.

Up Next: Thursday morning will be well above freezing near 40 degrees. Thursday and Friday are expected to be sunny and clear with temperatures in the mid to upper 60s. Showers will return to the forecast on Saturday with the next cold front. Saturday will not be a wash out and showers are expected to be mainly light. Rainfall totals will be less than 0.5 inches. Dry skies will be back on Sunday with cooler temperatures. Highs will fall back into the 50s and 30s will return overnight. Click here to see the 7-day forecast.  

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