Area Forecast Discussion
Issued by NWS New Orleans/Baton Rouge, LA
FXUS64 KLIX 052202
Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service New Orleans LA
402 PM CST Mon Dec 5 2016
Warm front situated along the immediate LA coast and cutting
across Plaquemines Parish near Pointe a la Hache to Mobile Bay at
this time. Surface based air to the south with elevated
instability on 50+kt low level flow over the stable marine layer.
1005mb surface low near Vermilion Bay moving NNE to bring cold
front through the forecast area through the evening hours.
Rainfall has tapered a bit but may re-ignite once low moves inland
a bit and some frontogenetic forcing takes hold with northward
surge of warm air. It does appear dry-slot moves the precipitation
east of the forecast area by midnight. Still have some potential
for severe wind gusts given amount of low level jet dynamics just
above the stable layer, but threat diminishes or ends with frontal
passage between 9 pm and midnight from west to east. Other concern
will be propensity for fog to form when it is not raining as
residual ground moisture and a light low level wind allow for
saturation to dewpoint despite cloud cover, but again, these
conditions should improve with frontal passage and dry air
advection overnight. Tuesday should be dry and cool to mild with
limited cold air advection. Better surge of cooler air takes place
Wenesday and Thursday.
Light to moderate freeze conditions expected for a couple of
nights Thursday night and again Friday night for the more interior
and drainage prone areas of the CWA. Air mass shifts east rather
quickly and moderates over the weekend for strong return flow to
onset later Saturday and Sunday. Models showing a deeper surge of
cold air poised to move out of the Plains States middle of next
The broad shield of rain over the area this morning and early
afternoon has dissipated with only scattered showers remaining.
However, IFR and LIFR ceilings ranging from 300 to 1000 feet will
continue to impact the terminals through the reaminder of the night
and into tomorrow morning. Ceilings should finally mix out and
conditions improve to MVFR and VFR range after 18z tomorrow. The
low ceilings should also allow for visibilities of 1 to 3 miles
tonight. HRRR model guidance continues to indicate the potential
for another band of convection developing around 00z and impacting
most of the terminals through 03z. Have kept in a tempo group with
TSRA wording to reflect this risk. 32
Small craft advisory has already been posted earlier this
afternoon in anticipation of wind increase this evening as
gradient tightens pre-frontal, followed by dry air enhancement
once the system and front moves through overnight. winds should
settle rather quickly Tuesday with little pressure gradient
support. Cold air surge enters north gulf late Wednesday with
colder air pushing off the coast during the day Thursday. This
should be another SCA situation until the cold air advection
abates Friday afternoon. Air mass modifies rather quickly over the
weekend with baroclinic return expected to bring moderate onshore
flow by late Saturday night into Sunday. 24/RR
DSS code: Blue.
Activities: Monitoring convective and heavy rainfall trends through
Decision Support Services (DSS) Code Legend
Green = No weather impacts that require action.
Blue = Long-fused watch, warning, or advisory in effect or
high visibility event.
Yellow = Heightened impacts with short-fused watch, warning or
advisory issuances; radar support.
Orange = High Impacts; Slight to Moderate risk severe; nearby
tropical events; HazMat or other large episodes.
Red = Full engagement for Moderate risk of severe and/or
direct tropical threats; Events of National Significance.
.PRELIMINARY POINT TEMPS/POPS...
MCB 52 62 45 65 / 90 0 0 0
BTR 52 63 47 69 / 40 0 0 0
ASD 53 65 46 68 / 70 0 0 0
MSY 57 64 52 68 / 70 0 0 0
GPT 56 65 48 66 / 80 0 0 0
PQL 56 65 46 66 / 90 0 0 0
GM...Small Craft Advisory until 9 AM CST Tuesday for GMZ530-532-534-
GM...Small Craft Advisory until 9 AM CST Tuesday for GMZ532-534-536-