A warm and breezy day ahead for your Friday. Expect clouds to start building early in the day with temperatures starting in the lower 70s. Winds will continue to pick up this afternoon out of the south and southeast at 15-20 mph, but we could see a few gusts getting closer to 30 mph. This is all ahead of a vigorous storm system pulling into the upper Great Plains. As the low moves eastward a cold front will be racing south. At the same time the upper pattern will be very active helping to enhance the development of thunderstorms. Most storms will stay to our west today, but a few pop up showers or storms will be possible this afternoon. Expect rain chances at 40% and afternoon high temperatures to hover near 80 degrees.
Overnight, the front will continue pushing east. Showers and storms will get better organized over eastern Texas around Midnight. A line of storms will push into Louisiana during the pre-dawn hours. These storms could contain gusty winds and possibly hail. A few tornadoes will be possible. Expect at least a Severe Thunderstorm Watch to be issued, but wouldn’t be surprised to see Tornado Watches. The upper pattern will get more aggressive over southeastern Louisiana so the storms may be getting stronger as they reach Acadiana around sunrise. Storms will continue marching eastward toward Baton Rouge and New Orleans during the early afternoon and exiting Louisiana by the evening. Acadiana has a decent chance for seeing severe weather, while southeast Louisiana will be the bulls eye when it comes to the worst of this system.
Cold air will rush in behind the front. Sunday’s temperatures will drop from the upper 60s through the day and it will be windy. Lows by Monday morning will drop into the 40s with 60s for highs early next week. A warming trend is in store for the remainder of the week.
Tonight and early Saturday be weather aware. Check Power Doppler HD often, or download our app.