Gray skies threaten start of 2016 Jazz Fest in New Orleans (via USA Today)

The producer of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival has been constantly looking at the sky and closely monitoring weather forecasts as Friday’s start of one of the city’s largest outdoor events looms.

Meteorologists say scattered rain is likely Friday, but it shouldn’t be much, and then sunshine is predicted through the rest of the weekend.

“I got my fingers, toes and eyes crossed,” said Quint Davis a few days ahead of the event, scheduled this weekend and next. “We’ve got everything down there organized, oiled up and ready to go. Whatever’s gonna come is gonna come but it would be heaven on earth if we had 78-80 degree temperatures, clear skies and sunshine.

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