POSTED: Tuesday, January 21, 2014 - 8:19pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, January 21, 2014 - 8:25pm
BATON ROUGE, La. (NBC33) — In the short term, tonight will be a COLD one. Mr. Freeze returns to south Lousiana giving us freezing lows by morning. Freeze warnings and Hard Freeze warnings are issued throughout southeast Louisiana and south Mississippi by the National Weather Service in New Orleans:
Hard Freeze Warning issued for East Feliciana, St. Helena, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Washington and West Feliciana parishes from midnight until 8:00 a.m.
Freeze Warning issued for Ascension, Assumption, East Baton Rouge, Iberville, Lafourche, Livingston, Pointe Coupee, St. James, St. John the Baptist and upper-Terribone parishes from midnight until 8:00 a.m.
The Stormtracker33 Futurecast model suggests temperatures will fall into the mid to upper-20s for most of the Capitol area around 6:00 a.m. Places along the coast will drop into the lower-30s.
Bundle up and keep your pets and plants in mind tonight and tomorrow morning.
Looking ahead to Thursday's forecast, it will shape-up to be an interesting one. A cold weather disturbance will drop out of the Rockies, through central Texas, and clip south Louisiana with chances of precipitation increasing through the day.
You'll notice clouds beginning to pile into the area Thursday morning, with isolated drizzle possible by afternoon. Overcast skies and a 20 percent chance of precipitation will hold with us through Thursday night, so the combination of freezing temperatures and precip chances will bring the possibility of a few flurries into Friday morning.
Since "SNEAUX" is the big-talker around south Louisiana, I've created a rough-timeline to illustrate when to expect the chance of seeing the wintry weather. ("Rough-timeline" meaning this forecast will likely be updated before Thursday night.)
Right now, it appears any precipitation that forms in south Louisiana will be light and isolated in nature.
(If I told you we had a 20 percent chance of rain, most of us would assume the chances were slim of seeing any rain, right? This is the same for our snow/sleet chances on Thursday night and Friday morning, also.)
By 10:00 Thursday night, temperatures will hover above freezing with a cold drizzle possible around 20 percent coverage. From midnight through pre-dawn, temperatures will fall below freezing and allow the rain to switch over to a few flurries. However, NO ACCUMULATION is forecast at this time. We'll see flurries, at-best.
Moving into the day on Friday, you'll notice skies beginning to clear, as chances of flurries diminish quickly and highs rise into the lower-40s by afternoon.
A warming trend is forecast heading into the weekend. Check the latest 7-day at www.nbc33tv.com/weather .
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