Clouds that plagued the area for most of the day Wednesday will move out quickly this evening. Skies will be clear with lows in the upper 30s inland to the 40s elsewhere. Sunny skies, a brisk north wind and highs in the 60s can be expected Thursday. Humidity levels increase Thursday night into Friday, along with clouds associated with a warm front that will begin lifting out of the Gulf and push onshore through Saturday. Rain chances could develop as early as Friday evening, but the best chance will occur during the day Saturday as the warm front lifts northward across the region. Showers and storms will be likely, and there as a low-end threat for severe storms on Saturday, although this will be highly dependent on if all the conditions come together at the right time. It appears the best conditions for severe weather will be well west of our area, across the ARK-LA-MS region. A few stronger storms with heavy rainfall and hail can't be ruled out in our area however. We'll continue to monitor the threat.
The warm front will lift northward Saturday night, taking most of the rain with it. A cold front will move across the area overnight into Sunday morning. Storms are expected to fire along this front as it moves through, but it should clear our area by late Sunday morning. This means the entire weekend WILL NOT BE A WASHOUT. The highest chance for rain will be Saturday, with lower chances on Sunday, mainly in the morning. Next week's weather looks cooler and sunny, as dry air filters back in. Temperatures will be below our average high, which is around 70. Expect 60s for highs Monday through at least Thursday, with lows in the 30s inland and 40s closer to the beaches, Tuesday and Wednesday morning.
Chief Meteorologist Derek Beasley