An area of low-pressure near the Texas Panhandle will stretch across Oklahoma and Missouri. Light showers ahead of the cold front will slowly move across Louisiana today and Mississippi tonight. Rainfall amounts will generally be less than a quarter of an inch despite the high areal coverage. Limited instability will keep t-storms well offshore for the most part. In terms of temperatures, today will likely be the warmest day of the 7-day forecast period with highs barely touching climatology.
An increasingly complex upper level pattern will be developing across the country over the next 24 hours. This system will be drawn eastward with the main disturbance over the Great Lakes on Saturday. This will reinforce below normal temps and keep the local area dry through this weekend.
A rather benign pattern is expected in the longer range portion of the forecast period. An amplifying disturbance will move through the Mississippi Valley and keep the area on the cooler side of climatology. Light showers aren’t terribly likely, but if they do develop, will be along the LA coast.