Jan 3, 2013 5:18 PM by Rob Perillo

Clouds Return, Rain not Far Behind

After a brief respite from the cloud cover and dreary conditions Thursday afternoon, clouds will be returning to Acadiana with periods of light rain likely developing for Saturday.

A weather system responsible for producing healthy snows in West Texas from the Davis Mountains to the Texas Big Bend will advance into Northeastern Texas Friday spreading increased cloud cover across Acadiana.

Upper level atmospheric lift will develop Friday evening engendering patchy light rain to develop across Acadiana Friday night into Saturday.

It would not be surprising as the rain starts Friday evening to see some embedded sleet mixed in with the light rain, but lower level temperatures near the surface will be way too warm for any accumulation.

The bulk of the rain with this weekend system will remain in the Gulf where rough conditions will persist.  Rain totals across Acadiana should be light this weekend, in the 1/4-1/2 inch range or less.

Temperatures will stay "winter-chilly" for Acadiana with highs Friday and Saturday holding in the 50s while lows will be near 40 Saturday and Sunday mornings.

Sunshine and seasonably cool conditions are anticipated Sunday/Monday but the pattern looks to get active and stormy again for mid-next week.

Although timing remains in question, the next system promises more substantial rain, embedded thunderstorms and perhaps the threat of severe weather Tuesday into Wednesday...stay tuned.


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