Monday Morning: Quiet and mild today; Zeta may strike Louisiana coast on Wednesday

Weather

Today: Sun and clouds with highs in the upper 70s to lower 80s.

Tonight: Partly to mostly cloudy skies with temperatures in the mid 60s.

Tuesday: Passing gusty showers associated with Zeta, which will be in the Gulf of Mexico. Rain chance is around 60%. High near 83. Overnight temperature near 71.

Wednesday: Zeta will be approaching the northern Gulf Coast, but so will a cold front to our west. The timing of the front will be key as to where Zeta tracks. If the front is slower, Zeta will likely take more of a westerly track, whereas if the front is faster, then it will likely take more of an easterly track. Tropical-storm-force wind gusts will likely be penetrating the coast by the morning and early afternoon for inland areas. Rain chances will be high. For the latest on Zeta, click here.

Thursday: Drier and cooler air will begin to settle into the region thanks to a passing cold front and Zeta will be to our northeast. Highs will only be in the low and mid 70s. Overnight temperatures will be in the upper 40s to lower 50s.

Friday and Weekend: Much nicer and cooler. Highs in the upper 60s on Friday and low and mid 70s over the weekend. No worries about rain for Halloween! The kiddos will need a jacket for trick-or-treating!

Tracking the Tropics: Zeta is forecast to become a hurricane before striking the Yucatan tonight. It will move into the Gulf Tuesday and eventually start to turn to the northeast. It will likely make landfall along the Louisiana coast on Wednesday as a hurricane; however, the cone includes central Louisiana to the western Florida panhandle. It should weaken just a bit before making landfall thanks to wind shear, cooler sea surface temperatures, and drier air. Either way, Louisiana should be preparing for a hurricane strike on Wednesday.

Our impacts will depend solely on its track. If it takes the current track, then that would put Baton Rouge on the west side of the storm. We would likely have gusty wind, rain, and coastal flooding. If it takes more of a westerly track, then our impacts would increase. If it takes more of an easterly track, our impacts will be quite minimal. Highest rainfall totals will be near and east of the center. Strongest winds will be near and east of the center. Tropical-storm-force wind gusts will likely be penetrating the coast by the morning and early afternoon for inland areas. Always prepare for a category higher. Impacts will be greatest on Wednesday.

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