Feb 18, 2014 7:23 PM by Rob Perillo
Acadiana's balmy, foggy, cloudy, spring-like pattern will come to an end with a cool front late Thursday.
This front will bring a good chance of scattered showers and perhaps a few robust thunderstorms, but fortunately any substantial severe weather threat should be well north of the area.
Nonetheless showers and a few strong storms will produce brief, locally heavy downpours and perhaps some gusty winds beginning late Thursday afternoon continuing into the early night time hours. Rainfall totals of 1-2" could be possible.
Following the front expect fair to partly cloudy skies accompanied by temperatures more seasonable for the time of year.
Highs Friday into the weekend will be closer to the mid-60s while overnight lows dip into the 40s.
In the near term, expect more fog and mild temperatures through Wednesday morning with mostly cloudy and warm conditions expected for the afternoon. Highs Wednesday will be in the mid-70s.
Southerly winds will increase Thursday, possibly mitigating the potential morning fog threat. Temperatures Thursday will soar into the upper 70s with a few 80 degree readings possible despite mostly cloudy skies for the first time in 2014!
The long range outlook through next week calls for a return to below normal temperatures for much of the week with morning readings in the 30s possible by next Wednesday.