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FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Off to a cold start with more sun today, rain returns for Saturday evening

Updated: Jan. 29, 2021 at 3:33 AM CST
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You'll need the extra large cup this morning to help warm up
You'll need the extra large cup this morning to help warm up(KPLC)

LAKE CHARLES, La. (KPLC) - Temperatures once again this morning are on the cold side as we have dropped into the lower and middle 30′s across the area as we have clear skies and calm winds. Sunshine will return heading into the afternoon and that will bring us slightly warmer temperatures for the afternoon, but warmer weather is on the way for the weekend.

We start off cold this morning, but we warm up into the afternoon
We start off cold this morning, but we warm up into the afternoon(KPLC)

Make sure to grab the coat as you head out the door this morning as we are seeing lows back into the lower and middle 30′s, and you’ll even ant to keep a jacket around heading into the afternoon. High pressure is still our weather maker today as it slides off to the east and that will allow for our winds to turn a little more easterly today bringing back a little more moisture into the area. A pleasant afternoon is in store as we see plenty of sunshine with a few high clouds making their way through as head into the afternoon and evening hours with highs reaching the upper 50′s and lower 60′s. Clouds do build as we head into the overnight though as our next front begins to inch closer to the area and winds turn more southerly bringing us more moisture. Our lows will actually happen around midnight or just after as we drop into the upper 40′s to near 50 before clouds and southerly winds help to warm us heading into daybreak.

A cold start to the day, but a nice afternoon ahead
A cold start to the day, but a nice afternoon ahead(KPLC)

As you wake up on Saturday morning temperatures will be back into the middle 50′s for many locations and they will continue to warm into the afternoon despite the fact we don’t see a whole lot of sunshine as clouds continue to build. Highs will reach the upper 60′s to lower 70′s with the chance of showers on the rise as we head into the afternoon and evening. As of now most of the day on Saturday looks to remain on the dry side with a few isolated showers as we head towards the early afternoon possible, with the best bet of rain after sunset. Rain totals won’t be impressive as we are generally looking at a tenth to maybe a quarter inch of rain. Sunday may have a few clouds to start, but it to will turn out to be a dry day as sunshine returns for the afternoon with highs climbing into the middle 60′s.

We see rain chances returning as we head into late evening
We see rain chances returning as we head into late evening(KPLC)

Into next week high pressure builds in through the middle of the week and will keep us quiet with plenty of sunshine, but with the northerly winds it will keep us on the cooler side with highs in the lower 60′s and lows in the upper 30′s and 40′s, which is pretty close to average this year. Heading closer to next Thursday we see our next system moving in with a chance of rain, but we still have time to iron those details out. For now, enjoy the beautiful sunshine this afternoon and have a great day and weekend!

We see more sunshine as we head into next week as high pressure builds overhead
We see more sunshine as we head into next week as high pressure builds overhead(KPLC)

Meteorologist Jacob Durham

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