Friday Morning: Cooler and mostly cloudy; Eyes on system in the Gulf

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StormTracker Morning Forecast…

Today: Mostly cloudy to overcast skies with highs in the mid 80s. Lower humidity in place will make it comfortable outside. Rain chance is around 20% for the BTR Metro. Higher rain chances near the coast, where more moisture is present.

Tonight: Mostly cloudy and comfortable with lows in the mid and upper 60s and lower 70s for some spots.

Weekend: We’re monitoring the system in the southern Gulf of Mexico – Tropical Depression 22 or soon-to-be Wilfred. There are A LOT of uncertainties with this system. For now, it looks like it will remain over water for the next five days, but be sure you check back in daily for changes. A stalled front in the Gulf may keep it south of our area in the short term, but moisture will likely cross the front and cause higher rain chances and breezy conditions, especially offshore and near the coast. Mostly cloudy and breezt with highs in the lower 80s this weekend with rain chances around 30-40% on Saturday (higher near the coast) and 30-40% on Sunday (higher near the coast). Lows will be in the mid 60s.

Next Week: Breezy with wet weather at times, especially near the coast. For now, rain chances are around 40% for the Baton Rouge metro. Coverage is all dependent on what happens with the system in the Gulf. Highs in the upper 70s to lower 80s with lows in the 60s.

Tracking the Tropics: Tropical Depression 22 This will have to be watched very closely. It is forecast to remain over water during the next 5 days. It will get pulled to the north by a digging trough in the short-term, but as a strong high pressure builds to our northwest, it will likely push it to the west toward the coast of Texas over the weekend. It may even stall in the western Gulf for a day or so. After Monday, the forecast is as clear as mud. The high pressure system may begin to weaken by midweek and that could lead to a northern or northeastern track toward the northern Gulf Coast. Again, forecast confidence is very low past this weekend. We will have to watch carefully.

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