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Calm Before The Storm

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Monday, January 7


There is a developing Low Pressure System over the Northern Plains.  A broad and deep ridge of High Pressure is stretched over much of the Eastern half of the nation and moving away from the Lower Mississippi River Valley and a secondary system is developing over South Texas.

This ridge of high pressure is slowly moving NE and away from Central Louisiana. After days of relatively poor agreement, forecasting models have come into strong agreement with the evolution of upper air and surface features that will impact our weather through mid-week, this week.
During the next couple of days we will see big changes in the weather. A system will set up, develop and move over our area bringing much higher rain chances. Tuesday we will see increasing rain chances, becoming a likely chance for rain and Wednesday going into the night, expect a likely chance for rain and a slight risk for severe weather.
Today expect a few light clouds. Tomorrow and Tuesday night an upper level low sill dig in and a warm front will gradually lift North, through the gulf and reaching the gulf by the evening. The best low level energy will begin over Texas and expand East during the evening with this front.
Wednesday and Wednesday night a Surface front will begin to track east and into the area. The slow movement of this front, coupled with training setting up will provide sufficient lift to expect high accumulation and our greatest risk of extensive rainfall for the event.  There will also be a slight risk for severe weather with damaging winds and possible tornadoes.

For the rest of the day,
Upper level clouds will gradually increase in coverage, becoming partly cloudy by tonight. This afternoon, moisture aloft will increase with East to SE flow. Temperatures will rise well into the 50's. Overnight, expect increasing clouds and rising rain chances in advance of an approaching system.

For the rest of the 7day planner
During the next couple of days we will see a lot of rainfall. This system will be cleared out by a developing cold front on Thursday morning.
after that, Drier air will push in the wake of this font. That will stop the rain and let skies clear out a little during the midday and afternoon hours.
The weekend will bring with it another front that will not be as strong.
TODAY...Expect sunny skies becoming partly sunny, late. Highs 53-59. Winds from the E at 2-12mph.

MONDAY NIGHT...Increasing clouds and a chilly night. Lows 39-47. East wind 1-8mph.

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