A band of light to moderate snow extends from Colorado through Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana & Kentucky tonight as a weak low pressure system skirts far to our north. St. Louis may get its heaviest snow (8-12"+) since the early 80s and this is just the first of many systems to follow. We'll be in the warm sector (70s) for Saturday with some showers coming along a cold front late in the day. Cooler & drier air follows for Sunday through Tuesday bringing back the need for sweaters & coats. A warming trend arrives for Wednesday into next weekend before the real chill follows after Jan. 20th. Alaska & Northern Canada still are 40-45 below and some of that chill will plunge down into the deep South. I still feel we'll have to deal with a hard freeze during the last 10 days of January. There will be several blasts of Arctic air & models still hint a low deep in the Gulf could form. Haven't changed my thinking that some white stuff could develop close to us. Better we get all this brutal cold late January into February and hope the pattern shifts by the end of next month just in time for Mardi Gras, Stay tuned!
95% of NOLA is focused on the Saints vs Eagles and not the weather. To that end, here is my "forecast". Just like the year of our Super Bowl run, this team will turn it on for the Eagles. It won't be a cake walk since we are playing the reigning World Champions. Drew knows his window won't be open much longer & I expect him to play like this is his last game. The Saints will jump ahead early and lead 17-13 at halftime. It'll stay close until late in the 3rd quarter but our D will intercept Nick Foles twice in the second half turning around the game with the final score Saints 38 Eagles 27. The key will be IF our offensive line can stay healthy. Let the games begin with the Cowboys barely beating the Rams 24-21 tomorrow. Saints vs. Cowboys for the right to go to the Super Bowl next weekend.