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Staying Cool Today

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A chilly start to our Thursday with early morning temperatures in the upper 30s to mid 40s. Most areas stayed a bit warmer than forecast because of wind speeds staying in the 5-10 mph range. High pressure is in control and skies are generally fair. Other than some high thin clouds today, sunshine should brighten the day with temperatures remaining a few degrees below normal. Most areas will reach the mid 60s for highs. As the ridge begins shifting eastward, a more southerly wind will kick in for Friday allowing temperatures to warm to near 70 degrees.

Low pressure will develop over the southern Rockies as the subtropical jet gets active flowing in off the south Pacific toward the four corners region. As the low deepens and moves eastward through the Red River Valley, clouds will develop by Friday afternoon and evening, with chances for showers after midnight going into Saturday. This low will track though northern Mississippi toward Alabama and Georgia to the Atlantic coast by Sunday setting the stage for another Nor?'Easter early next week for the New England states. Ahead of the system, expect temperatures this weekend to stay in the mid 70s.


As this low and associated cold front moves through Louisiana, it will still be in the developing stage. Therefore, scattered showers and some storms will be possible through the day Saturday into Saturday night. Best chances for rain will be Saturday afternoon through Sunday morning. Rainfall totals appear to stay below one inch this time. A few storms may get strong over the northern sections, but severe weather looks to be limited. As the front pushes in Sunday morning, expect the rains to end, with clouds gradually clearing again Sunday night. Cooler weather returns with sunshine next week.

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