PORT ARTHUR —
Early forecast predict clear skies for Santa after a rainy weekend that could produce strong thunderstorms Saturday.
A rather large storm system bringing moist air from the south will result in persistent fog Friday morning that could linger into the early afternoon, especially around coastal areas, Andy Patrick, National Weather Service meteorologist from the Lake Charles office, said.
Showers will likely move into the area Friday, with a 30 percent chance during the day, increasing to 40 percent Friday night.
Winds will continue Friday, but will not be as high as those gusting up to 25 mph Thursday. Friday’s winds are expected to be 10 to 15 mph, with gusts up to 20 mph.
By Saturday, expect heavy rain.
According to the Weather Service, an 80 percent chance of showers exists Saturday, decreasing to 70 percent Saturday night.
“There is a possibility of a few strong to severe storms in the area, though the bigger chance is further north toward the Lakes area,” Patrick said. “The environment for Jefferson County is not as good for severe weather.”
Higher than normal temperatures are expected to continue through Saturday. Highs Saturday are forecast to be around 71 with a low Saturday night around 53.
Colder air will move into the area Sunday, and with it clearing skies.
By Sunday afternoon, precipitation is expected to move from Jefferson County, setting the stage for clear skies through Christmas Day, Patrick said.
“We are pretty competent it will be a dry Christmas,” Patrick said.
Monday through Friday, he predicted, would be dry with low temps in the mid-40s and highs around 60.
After Christmas there will be a small chance of showers on Thursday, going into Friday, Patrick said.