Low pressure is currently moving away from the region, taking along the cloudiness. Rains will continue over parts of the southeast, eventually moving up the east coast. High pressure is building in behind this system, now located over the Red River Valley, and will continue eastward toward Acadiana. The pressure gradient between the two systems is tight, therefore, breezy conditions we saw Thursday will continue into the mid part of the day Friday. By this evening, winds will lighten up allowing temperatures to cool under clear skies. Afternoon highs will flirt with 60 degrees today, with lows overnight near 40.
Saturday, as the ridge moves eastward, the return flow will set up. We’re still expecting plenty of sunshine and temperatures will warm to near 70 degrees. A few clouds should be developing late in the day. Sunday should be warm as well, although considerably more cloudiness will be in place. A weak front will push in for the early part of the week.
This front will wash out Christmas Eve along the Gulf Coast. Precipitation won’t be a big issue with this system, but persistent cloudiness will stick around. The same goes for Christmas Day. We’ll see a few light sprinkles here and there, but skies will probably be gray. Expect temperatures to be above normal both Christmas Eve and Christmas day with afternoon highs near 70 degrees.
A more prolonged rain event may be setting up for late next week. Rain chances will be higher starting Wednesday and perhaps lasting into next weekend.