Storms likely Friday afternoon and evening

Turning cooler this weekend
Posted at 3:33 AM, May 08, 2020

Warm, moist air is moving northward out of the Gulf of Mexico allowing highs today to reach the mid 80s. This moisture will be in place while a strong cold front passes through the area later this afternoon and evening. Gusty winds are expected today with clouds gradually increasing through the day.

Thunderstorms will roll along the front and should arrive over central Louisiana by early afternoon and exiting the coastal areas this evening. Strong storms are possible with this front with the primary threat being damaging winds and hail. Heavy rains will accompany these storms as well, so some brief, localized flooding will be possible.

It's all part of a big dip in the jet stream that will allow much of the eastern half of the nation to experience near winter like conditions. Temperatures over parts of the U.S. will be running 20-30 degrees below normal. We'll get a bit of a taste of the cooler air over the weekend, but generally comfortable weather is expected. Nothing extreme.

Rains will taper off tonight, but the clouds will hang on until Saturday morning. Skies will gradually clear through the day with temperatures struggling to reach the 70 degree mark. Winds will also be gusty early Saturday, relaxing by the afternoon. Expect lots of sunshine on Sunday. Early morning lows will drop into the lower 50s with highs in the upper 70s. Warmer weather is expected next week with generally quiet conditions through Wednesday.

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