An extended unsettled weather pattern will kick into gear on Friday. Periods of rain may affect many of the Mardi Gras events scheduled for the weekend in both Baton Rouge and New Orleans
Today and Tonight: Overcast skies will overtake the region with isolated showers possible as well. Highs will make it into the upper 60s with southeast winds of 5-10mph. There is optimism that the most likely time for showers will be in the morning and afternoon hours, possibly clearing the way for Friday evening events. With temperatures steady in the mid 60s, rain will become more widespread late tonight into Saturday.
BATON ROUGE AREA PARADE SCHEDULE / WEATHER FORECAST
- Friday, 6pm: Krewe of Southdowns - Mostly cloudy, 67°, 10 percent chance of showers
- Saturday, 12pm: Spanish Town - Cloudy, 69°, 60 percent chance of rain
- Sunday, 1pm: Krewe of Good Friends of the Oaks - Cloudy, 70°, 50 percent chance of rain
- Sunday, 7pm: Krewe of Comogo - Cloudy, 66°, 30 percent chance of showers
Up Next: Unfortunately, for a busy carnival season weekend of events, off and on rain is expected. Especially Saturday and early Sunday, some thunderstorms may develop as well. Although many parades will roll rain or shine, danger posed by lightning could create bigger issues so hopefully organizers respond responsibly should this occur. While rainfall amounts look manageable, there could be some steadier, heavier pockets of activity. All told, up to 2 inches are the current forecast for the three-day stretch.
A cold front will move through the area on Sunday and could provide a slight break in the rain. However, rain chances will remain in the forecast through Valentine’s Day. The tradeoff will be that temperatures are expected to warm about 10 degrees above average. A few afternoons may reach the mid to upper 70s.