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More Sunshine & Warmer

Posted: 3:48 AM, Apr 17, 2018
Updated: 2018-04-17 04:48:17-04

Clear skies across Acadiana again today. Plenty of sunshine and more of a southerly wind will help boost temperatures this afternoon. Already temperatures are considerably warmer as most areas are in the 50s. We can expect afternoon temperatures to hover around 80 degrees later this afternoon. High pressure will continue to slide toward the southeast over the Gulf of Mexico keeping the southerly flow in place across the region well into the mid week. 

 

A weak low pressure area will develop over the eastern Rockies today and gradually slide across the Midwest over the next few days. This will drag a weak cold front into the area Wednesday night into early Thursday. With little moisture associated with this system, only expect clouds to return late Wednesday with overcast skies Thursday into Friday. The front will drop temperatures slightly Thursday into Friday. Rain chances will run near 10-20%.

 

A stronger upper system that’s currently moving onto the Pacific coast will generate low pressure over the Four Corners region tomorrow. This low will strengthen as it moves into the Rockies Thursday, then over the Texas Panhandle Friday. High pressure will be locked in over the Great Lakes, therefore this low will take the southerly track over the Red River Valley, into Louisiana this weekend. Expect cloudy skies to continue Saturday with rain chances increasing Saturday afternoon and evening. Storms will be more likely into early Sunday with clouds and rain ending sometime early Monday. Some severe weather is possible across the region, but it’s too early to pinpoint where. It’s April after all, and severe weather can generally be expected with most storm systems this time of year.