The ‘Cold Moon’ and Mars Occultation Tonight: The last full moon of the year will reach its peak illumination shortly after 10 PM CST tonight, according to Space.com. Additionally, Mars will shine very bright near the moon; however, the moon is expected to fully eclipse Mars – this is known as a lunar occultation.

Tonight: Mostly cloudy with areas of fog by morning. Morning lows in the 60s. Dense Fog Advisory is in place from 9 PM until 10 AM Thursday.

Thursday: Areas of fog to start, but fog should dissipate by the mid-morning hours. Clouds and sunshine with highs in the low and mid 80s. Morning temperatures in the 60s. Cannot rule out a stray shower or two, but most areas will stay dry. 

Friday: A weak cold front will move into the region, but will likely stall before it reaches our area thanks to the stout Gulf ridge in place. However, there is still the chance for some showers this weekend. Highs in the 80s on Friday, as well. 

This Weekend: The stalled boundary, as well as a passing disturbance may allow for rain to develop over the weekend, but the better chance would likely be Sunday. Highs will be in the 70s. 

Next Week: A stronger front will likely move into the area by Tuesday or Wednesday. This front will have the potential to bring a nice cooldown to our area, but it could also bring the risk for severe weather. The exact timing of the system and the details about the severe weather threat are still unknown. Stay tuned as we fine-tune the forecast. 

Next 7 Days for the Baton Rouge Area