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More snow forecast in south Louisiana

More snow forecast in south Louisiana
NBC33 Staff
Weather Talk

POSTED: Sunday, January 26, 2014 - 8:34pm

UPDATED: Sunday, January 26, 2014 - 10:08pm

On Friday, Baton Rouge measured 0.3 inches of snow. It was the first snow Baton Rouge had seen since February 12, 2010.

Recent weather models suggest we will see a second, even higher, chance coming to south Louisiana Tuesday--less than a week after the first.

As all of the weather-ingredients come together to bring another snow day to Baton Rouge, it will be the fourth time the city has seen multiple snow days nearly back-to-back.

The years of 1895, 1973, 2009/2010 and 2014 will be the only years that measurable snow came down within a matter of days or months; all other snow events occurred years apart from each other. (This is based on "measurable" snow events. Not all "trace" events were included. Information taken from the NWS in New Orleans.)

Here's a breakdown of the winter weather chances coming to south Louisiana.

Tonight, scattered showers will begin to develop in advance of a potent cold front moving south. Clouds will help hold temperatures in the 50s all night, so no freeze is forecast.

As you return to work in the morning, scattered showers will become more widespread. Our Stormtracker33 Futurecast shows light to moderate rain overtaking most of southeast Louisiana around 6:00 a.m., so drive safe on the wet roadways. 

After the cold front moves through the area Monday afternoon, clouds will continue to hang overhead. Although, chances of rain diminish as temperatures begin to fall during the day. You'll notice cool air dipping us into the 40s around 4:00 or 5:00 p.m.

Skies continue to stay mainly cloudy through Monday evening into Tuesday morning, with isolated chances of rain.

By mid-morning Tuesday, you'll notice a slow transition from rain to freezing rain and sleet. Areas in central Louisiana will begin to see the change-over first, then sagging southeastward into Baton Rouge through Tuesday afternoon.

Daytime temperatures on Tuesday will be similar to this past Friday's temperatures. They will hover near freezing most of the day, then fall below freezing through the evening. The best chance of snowfall will arrive Tuesday evening into Wednesday morning.  

Some weather models forecast only a half-inch of snow accumulating in south Louisiana. However, some are more aggressive in adding up the inches.

Our Stormtracker33 Futurecast model says Baton Rouge could see up to 2 inches, while St. Francisville and Opelousas could measure up to 3 inches. Overall, it appears the higher amounts will add up north of I-10 and I-12. (Stormtracker33 Meteorologist Jesse Vinturella will have updated numbers during NBC33 News: Morning Edition from 5-7 tomorrow.)

Due to the possibility of more significant snow in south Louisiana, the National Weather Service in Lake Charles and New Orleans have both issued a Winter Storm Watch extending from Alexandria to the Gulf Coast. Click here to see the text included in the winter watch.

In addition, there is a high likelihood that the Weather Service will issue a Winter Storm Warning over the same area tomorrow. Keep checking back for updates. 

A good way to stay weather aware over the next 48-hours is through our NBC33 Mobile App. We will send you important weather, traffic and breaking news alerts directly to your mobile device.

Plus, we want to see your "sneaux" pictures on Tuesday and Wednesday! You can send them easily through the app or to news@nbc33tv.com.

Check it out, and download it at www.nbc33tv.com/mobile.

Along with to the threat of snow, temperatures will be extremely cold on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Hard freezes are likely all three mornings, so remember the 4-P's during these chilly days: People, Pets, Plants and Pipes!

To see the latest 7-day forecast, visit www.nbc33tv.com/weather.

 

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