Dave Nussbaum - WWL-TV Morning Meteorologist

It's a clear and chilly morning across SE Louisiana with temperatures in the 30s and 40s. Bundle up as you head to work and school!  

Spring officially begins at 4:58 PM today, but it will feel like it before then. High pressure will sit over us today with plenty of sunshine. It will be cool to mild with highs in the upper 60s. Tonight will remain clear and chilly with lows in the 40s on both sides of the lake.

The first full day of spring, Thursday, will be very pleasant even through a weak cold front will move through. This front will only change the direction of the winds from the NE to the NW. Expect full sun and highs around 70°. The stretch of beautiful sunny weather will continue on Friday as high pressure sits over us. It will be a little milder with highs in the lower 70s.

Weekend Forecast: The area of high pressure will slide east of Louisiana, but our great weather will continue all weekend. Saturday and Sunday will be partly cloudy and mild with highs in the mid 70s each day.  This means we will have perfect weather for the Italian-American parade on Saturday at 6 PM in the French Quarter with temperatures falling from the 70s to the 60s. Then on Sunday it will be partly cloudy with temperatures in the lower 70s at Noon for the Irish-Italian parade in Metairie. Make sure you wear plenty of sunscreen!

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DETAILED FORECAST

WEDNESDAY:
Sunny and mild. Highs around 69. Wind N 5-10 mph.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT:
Clear and cold. Lows north of the lake around 46 and south around 50. Wind NW 5-10 mph.

THURSDAY:
Sunny and mild. Highs around 70. Wind NW 5-10 mph.

FRIDAY:
Sunny and mild. Lows north of the lake around 45 and south around 50. Highs around 73.

SATURDAY:
Partly cloudy and mild. Lows north of the lake around 48 and south around 53. Highs around 74.

SUNDAY:
Partly cloudy and mild. Lows north of the lake around 54 and south around 59. Highs around 77.

MONDAY:
Mostly cloudy and very mild with a 40% chance for showers and thunderstorms. Lows around 62. Highs around 78.

TUESDAY:
Partly cloudy and mild with a 30% chance for morning showers. Then clearing. Lows around 58. Highs around 70.