NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - We saw a few peeks of sunshine behind the cold front that pushed in Thursday morning, and temperatures are falling into 60s. The short lived cool down continues through the overnight into Friday with a more winter-like feel. Temperatures for Friday morning start out in the 30s on the north shore and 40s on the south shore with afternoon highs only making it into the mid-50s. It won't last long though as the cold high will quickly push east and allow moisture to return on Saturday setting up a wet start to 2017.
A rapidly moving disturbance will return the humidity to the area on New Year's Eve. Be prepared for some rain to be around as the clock strikes midnight. Timing is still in question and we won't necessarily have to skip fireworks, but take an umbrella along as you head out to your celebrations. The rain and some storms are very likely before you head home on New Year's Day. A few heavy downpours may result in some localized street flooding.
The stormy pattern will last into Monday with the potential for as much as 5 inches of rain before the drier weather moves in on Tuesday. There are indications that Arctic air may try to reach Louisiana by the middle of next week. The timing is highly uncertain right now but current indications are that it could be here by late Wednesday or Thursday.