FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Big changes ahead with storms today and colder temperatures

Weather pattern shifts to dreary winter-mode

Weather pattern shifts to dreary winter-mode

Any rain ends early Wednesday (4-7AM), and colder weather moves in on a west-northwest wind Wednesday afternoon into Thursday. In any case, the cold air looks certain through the weekend and much of next week!

With the front, shower activity is possible early Tuesday.

Mostly cloudy and warm with a 60% chance for scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms.

A strong cold front passing through the Ohio Valley will enter our area during the latter part of Tuesday.

Wednesday promises to be even colder. Here's the bad: The timing of this front isn't great.

Download Live Alert 19 to be alerted to heavy rain or lightning near you. "Most areas should expect.15" to.75" over this period. Plan on rain impacting that drive home, so plan accordingly. Then for Thursday, after a morning start near 40°, temperatures for metro Baton Rouge will likely top out around 50° to the low 50s for another chilly, damp day.

Sunday will otherwise be a pleasant day with partly sunny skies and highs in the middle to perhaps upper 40s. Not a particularly pleasant forecast, that's for sure. That's where the forecast becomes a little more interesting.

Saturday, scattered snow showers possible, mainly after 2 p.m.

"What we're talking about here is not a bunch of snow that sticks because our temperatures are just not going to be cold enough", Gardner said. Getting snow this early in the season isn't easy. Out ahead of this front, southerly winds will pump up a mild and moist air mass, which could lead to the redevelopment of some patchy fog.

Tuesday's highs will likely come shortly after midnight. So even IF a few flakes fly, it's exceptionally hard to find a way where they don't melt immediately on contact. As of now, accumulations look unlikely but it would be fun to see a few flakes as we get closer to Christmas! Time will tell if any of these variables change.

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