FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Morning clouds and fog give way to sunshine and warmer afternoon

Showers through the commute but some sunshine returns later this morning and afternoon

FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Morning clouds and fog give way to sunshine and warmer afternoon

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Morning showers for the commute will make for wet start to the morning but they remain light and won’t cause any major issues for the commute this morning. Just make sure to drive carefully as roads are slick and make sure to head out the door with the umbrella on the way to work and school today. Temperatures are rather mild and will sharply warm up through the morning, into the 70s by afternoon.

FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Showers move out as sunshine returns today; fog likely tonight

Despite some leftover clouds once the rain exits, sunshine should make a return as well today which will aid in the spring feel. Through the evening, rain won’t be likely, but fog will be very likely later this evening with a good round of sea fog forming and moving inland through the night. This will likely cause travel issues tomorrow morning as computer guidance shows fog lingering through mid-morning tomorrow.

Rain chances will hold off Friday until mainly the late evening and overnight as our next cold front approaches from the west. This front is set to push in Saturday morning and bring a line of rain and thunderstorms through the state. Severe weather isn’t too likely but a couple of stronger storms along the squall line will be capable of strong wind gusts and possibly some hail, but the line will move through quickly dropping around 1 inch of rain.

Once the front moves through, a fast drop in temperatures will occur with morning temperatures in the 60s on Saturday dropping into the lower 50s by afternoon and into the upper 40s before sunset. Lows Sunday morning near freezing with wind chill values in the 20s will be quite common across all of Southwest Louisiana.

The good news is that Sunday will bring the return of some sunshine but afternoon will struggle out of the upper 40s with wind chill values in the 30s most of the day. Monday morning will bring the threat of a light freeze to Southwest Louisiana with lows averaging 30-32 from north to south with the only exception being the coastal parishes where your lows will likely stay slightly above freezing.

A milder pattern returns Monday and Tuesday ahead of more rain moving back in as another cold front moves through Tuesday night into Wednesday and drops temperatures again by the middle to latter half of next week. Stay tuned for more updates on that over the days ahead.

First Alert Meteorologist Ben Terry

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