Dec 19, 2012 5:21 PM by Rob Perillo
A strong cold front will bring the risk of showers and some strong storms to Acadiana through the early morning hours of Thursday. Very windy and sharply colder conditions will dominate across the are Thursday with temperatures plummeting into the mid-30s by Friday morning.
The Storm Prediction Center is keeping much of central and northern Louisiana hatched in for the slight risk of severe storms through Thursday morning including the I-10 parishes of Acadiana northward.
The main severe threat will be the possibility of damaging winds but isolated tornado activity cannot be ruled out. The best dynamics for severe storms will likely be in the northeastern part of the state into Mississippi.
Behind this strong front, skies will clear rapidly by noon or sooner, with very windy conditions likely as strong high pressure barrels into the region. Look for gusty northwest winds at 20-30 mph with gusts up to 35-40 mph possible through the afternoon.
Temperatures will start Thursday in the 60s but will likely drop into the lower 50s by sunset Thursday.
Lows for both Friday and Saturday mornings will be in the neighborhood of the low-mid 30s with the best chance of a light freeze and frost possible Saturday morning.
Acadiana's cool temperatures will moderate this weekend with cloudy skies returning Sunday.
It is still appears wet early next week with more robust severe weather possibilities for Christmas Day.
Severe Weather Outlook Through Thursday Morning: