Nice Today Then a Huge Winter Swing on Saturday

Happy weekend… I hope you had a good week!

We’ve got some very important changes to cover in our weekend forecast. And I know there has been a lot of discussion in where and who could find a snowflake Sunday, I’ll tell you who has the best chance of finding one.

We’re mild today and still going to be mild for a better part of the day on Saturday, but by late tonight thick clouds will spread over the region to start us off with a cloudy day Saturday morning. Actual low temperatures tonight will be set just after midnight and readings will rise in the early morning hours where nearly all of us will begin the day around sunrise in the mid 50s. There is a chance of a shower from the daybreak hours up until the frontal passage in the afternoon hours. But the likeliest chance of rain and even a thunderstorm or two comes after the noon hour across Southeast Louisiana. The atmosphere just isn’t conducive for severe storms, so that’s a bonus. However, do NOT be caught off guard when the front drives through Saturday. We’re seeing the potential for temperatures to drop on the order of 20° in just a matter of hours from 3 PM to 6 PM from near 70° to around 50°! Oh, yeah. I almost forgot, the northwest winds will immediately pick up from around 15-25 mph right as the front blows through Saturday afternoon and that will make it feel even colder to you overnight Saturday to Sunday and through Sunday morning. In fact, the wind chill could be as cold as the lower to mid 20s by Sunday morning if you’re up right around sunrise!

As for the snow potential, it’s still most likely only those in the northern most parishes over Tangipahoa and Washington near the Mississippi border where a few flurries might be spotted. Chief Meteorologist Margaret Orr pointed out our data has suggest a possible ‘lake effect’ rain/snow on Sunday morning over the South Shore of the Lakefront, but I think that potential is very low. If you do find a flurry or flake, share it with me on Twitter: DevonWDSU and Facebook: DevonWDSU!

Our Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. day of service Monday now looks pretty nice but still chilly-cold. I thing the winds subside and the sun will feel nice, but temperatures will only reach into the upper 50s for highs. We’ll warm up into the 60s and lower 70s ahead of our next chance of rain by the end of next week, but that chance appears pretty low at this time. But what I am seeing is a BIG plunge of arctic air that drops in by Friday and Saturday that might interact with a little precipitation. Stay with us, and we’ll keep you updated on just how cold we’ll be and if any wintry weather could be found in Southeast Louisiana at the end of next week. Have a good day and make it a great weekend!

– Devon

TONIGHT:
Becoming Cloudy
Not as Cold
Winds: SE 0-5-10 mph
Lows: 48 – 52

SATURDAY:
Mostly Cloudy
A Bit Breezy, Mild Morning to Early Afternoon
A Chance of Morning to Early Afternoon Showers (30%)
Showers and Possible Thunderstorms Likely After the Noon Hour (90%)
Turning Much Colder and Windy Through the Afternoon
Winds: S – 10 mph switching to the NW 15-25 mph with higher gusts
Highs: 70° by midday dropping to around 50° by the evening hours

SUNDAY:
Cloudy in the Morning Hours
A Flurry or Sprinkle Possible Early (20%)
Some Sun by the Afternoon
Windy and Cold!
High: 49

DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY MONDAY:
Sunny
Not as Windy
Still Chilly
High: 58

TUESDAY:
Sunny and Milder!
High: 66

WEDNESDAY:
Mostly Cloudy
Breezy and Mild
A Chance of Showers Late (20%)
High: 73

THURSDAY:
Mostly Cloudy
A Chance of Showers Early (20%)
Windy and MUCH Colder!
High: Just After Midnight 65° – 50s By the Afternoon Hours

FRIDAY:
Mostly Cloudy
Windy and Very Cold!
High: 50
Wind Chill: 40s

SATURDAY:
Partly Cloudy
Still Cold
High: 54

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