Slight chance of snow forecast for Thursday, Friday

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Brencia Vessell, right, and Kyla Vessell, 5, bundle up against the cold weather earlier this month in Baton Rouge. Forecasters are saying there's a slight of snow in Baton Rouge on Thursday night and Friday morning. Show caption
Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Brencia Vessell, right, and Kyla Vessell, 5, bundle up against the cold weather earlier this month in Baton Rouge. Forecasters are saying there's a slight of snow in Baton Rouge on Thursday night and Friday morning.

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9:57 a.m.

It was a cold night in Baton Rouge with temperatures dipping to 26 degrees by 7 a.m. Wednesday morning. And more cold weather is on the way.

Wednesday evening should be a little warmer at a low of 37 degrees, but temperatures plummet again to 26 degrees Thursday night, with the National Weather Service continuing to call for a slight chance of snow in south Louisiana. The snow flurry chance is at 10 percent, but wind chills Thursday evening indicating how cold it will feel outside could be as low as 16 degrees.

Even if some areas see some snow flurries Thursday evening, the National Weather Service says no accumulation of snow on the ground is expected. High temperatures are expected to be back up near 60 degrees by Sunday and Monday.

“We have a very, very small chance of some flurries. It wouldn’t accumulate,” Mike Shields, meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Slidell said Tuesday. “It’s something you’d have to look for.”

“Clearly, some cold air is going to be filtering into the region,” said Barry Keim, state climatologist. “There will be cold air in place to produce snow. The question is if there will be enough moisture to create snow.”

Many times, a cold front can push any moisture back out to the Gulf of Mexico, but sometimes that moisture-filled air can rise above the cold air front, which could set up conditions for snow, he said.

“Might, with emphasis on might, see some snow flurries,” Keim said. “If you get to see them, then consider yourself blessed.”

For Lafayette, the forecast calls for a chance of a “wintery mix” of rain, snow, sleet and freezing rain Thursday night into Friday morning until about noon. Temperatures are expected to drop to a low of about 27 degrees before warming up slightly to 41 degrees during the day Friday.