Tuesday Morning: Warm and humid with passing squalls; Zeta likely to make landfall in SE Louisiana on Wednesday

Weather

Today: Passing gusty showers associated with Zeta. Rain chance is around 60%. These tropical showers may produce heavy rain and gusty wind. High near 83.

Tonight: Passing gusty showers associated with Zeta. Rain chance is around 60%. Overnight temps holding steady in the low and mid 70s.

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 when Zeta curves to the northeast. If the front is slower, Zeta will likely take more of a westerly jog, whereas if the front is faster, then it will likely take more of an easterly track. Tropical-storm-force wind will likely be penetrating the coast by the mid to late morning hours and tropical storm force gusts will be possible inland during the afternoon and evening. Rain chances will be high. See below or click here for the latest.

Thursday: Drier and cooler air will begin to settle into the region and Zeta will be long-gone. Highs will only be in the upper 60s to possibly lower 70s. Overnight temperatures will be in the upper 40s to lower 50s.

Friday: Mostly sunny and cool with highs only in the 60s. Overnight lows in the 40s and 50s.

Weekend: Much nicer and cooler. Highs in the low and mid 70s over the weekend. No worries about rain for Halloween! Kiddos will need the jackets – trick-or-treat temperatures will be in the 60s.

Tracking the Tropics: Zeta will move into the Gulf today and eventually start to turn to the north. It will likely make landfall along the Louisiana coast Wednesday evening as a hurricane. Then, it will bend toward the Mississippi and Alabama Gulf Coast. It should weaken just a bit before making landfall, but it will likely still be a hurricane. Either way, Louisiana should be preparing for a hurricane strike. 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 still likely have gusty wind – possibly tropical storm force gusts of 40-50+ mph, rain, and coastal flooding near our tidal lakes. If it takes more of a westerly track, then our impacts would increase significantly. Highest rainfall totals will be near and east of the center. Strongest winds will be near and east of the center and near the coast. Tropical-storm-force wind will likely be penetrating the coast by the morning and some gusts may reach inland areas during the afternoon and evening. Always prepare for a category higher. Hurricane, Tropical Storm, and Storm Surge warnings are in effect. Please click here for the latest on Zeta.

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