Feb 25, 2014 6:29 PM by Rob Perillo

Soaking Rains/Storms Overnight-Winter Chill Follows

Soaking rains and embedded storms will be likely for Acadiana overnight through Wednesday morning with several inches of rain a distinct possibility.

A strong upper level disturbance will energize the very moist sub-tropical jet stream Tuesday evening engendering rain and storms that will work their way afrom west to east long a nearly stationary frontal boundary draped over Southern Louisiana.

As a result, widespread rain totals will likely be in the 1-2" range with isolated areas receiving as much as 3".  Embedded (but elevated) thunderstorms will be in the mix as well with some storms possibly containing small hail, frequent lightning, gusty winds and localized very heavy downpours.

Rainfall rates in some spots may cause some localized run-off problems with street flooding possible through the wee morning hours of Wednesday. There are currently no flood watches nor severe weather watches for Acadiana.

Widespread rains will end early tomorrow as the other weather story kicks in...much cooler/colder temperatures.

Temperatures Wednesday will hold in the 40s with gusty northerly winds keeping wind chills closer to the mid-30s through out the day. A few lingering rain showers will make it feel that much more miserable through Wednesday evening.

Temperatures Wednesday night into Thursday morning will likely drop into the mid-30s.

Skies should clear Thursday with mostly sunny skies bring our temperatures back into the mid-50s.

Another chilly start is expected Friday but a developing storm system advancing out of the Rockies will induce a milder return flow from the Gulf bring our highs back into the 60s.

This weekend will feature the return of spring-like temperatures but rain chances will be increasing again late Sunday into Monday.

The weather pattern looks to stay unsettled through Mardi Gras and we may not be done with temperatures in the 30s beyond that time-frame...winter is not giving up!


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