FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Strong storms possible this evening, cooler and drier for New Year’s Day

Updated: Dec. 31, 2020 at 1:49 PM CST
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Rain chances remain high this evening, then dropping overnight
Rain chances remain high this evening, then dropping overnight(KPLC)

LAKE CHARLES, La. (KPLC) - Beginning to see an increase in our shower and storm chances this afternoon as the strong cold front pushes through the area. We will have to watch for the chance for damaging winds as well as the possibility of spin up tornadoes through the early evening.

Happy New Year! Temps cooling this evening
Happy New Year! Temps cooling this evening(KPLC)

Temperatures have varied from north to south as the warm front has stalled further to the south with lower 70′s along I-10 with temperatures falling into the upper 50′s and lower 60′s for inland zones. Showers and storms are firing this afternoon and are continuing to move in from the west as we head through the afternoon and early evening. The potential for for strong to severe storms still exist through early evening as the main line pushes through and then much cooler air arrives as we head into the overnight. To ring in the New Year we see a few clouds around, but the good news rain is coming to an end. Temperatures fall back into the lower 50′s this evening and will continue to fall back into the lower and middle 40′s for our Friday morning. New Year’s Day is shaping up to be a nice day with temperatures back into the middle 50′s for highs with a few clouds around and plenty of sunshine. Winds will be breezy though out of the northwest around 10-20 mph with gust a little higher, so make sure to tie down anything that is loose.

Temperatures remain cool this weekend
Temperatures remain cool this weekend(KPLC)

Into the weekend we are looking to see sunshine remaining in place as high pressure settles in overhead and will provide a nice weekend to spend outside. Highs this weekend will be pleasant as well as we will be into the middle 50′s for our Saturday and warming a little more into Sunday as we near 60. Clouds will be around a little more for our Saturday and that’s what will hold our temperatures back a few degrees, but sunshine will be returning as we head into the new week and that will allow temperatures to continue on a warming trend and that will mean we could be flirting with 70.

High pressure builds in as we head into next week as well as warmer weather
High pressure builds in as we head into next week as well as warmer weather(KPLC)

Next week we start off with temperatures in the middle 60′s for Monday and then warming into the upper 60′s. Sunshine sticks around as high pressure remains in charge through Tuesday, then our next system begins to approach as we head into Wednesday and that will bring back and increased chance of showers and storms. We get a break in the rain for our Thursday and then more rain looks to return into the end of the week and next weekend. Stay weather aware through the rest of the afternoon, and keep the KPLC FIRST ALERT WEATHER App nearby.

Meteorologist Jacob Durham

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