Dec 18, 2012 5:12 PM by Rob Perillo
A strong cold front will approach Acadiana after midnight Wednesday night bring a good chance of showers & storms, some of which could be possibly severe.
While low level instability will be questionable, the wind profiles aloft show moderate to strong veering (or turning) with height. This could translate to some storms possibly producing damaging winds.
Highest risk of severe weather will likely be in northern portions of Acadiana into Central Louisiana with prime-time for storms likely after midnight and before dawn Thursday.
In the near term, expect breezy and very warm conditions for our Wednesday with highs in the mid-upper 70s while clouds increase from west to east through the afternoon.
It will be windy and sharply colder behind this front with skies clearing Thursday. Thursday afternoon readings will likely be in the 50s after starting the day in the low-mid 60s.
Temperatures will likely drop into the low-mid 30s Friday morning with a windchill factor likely.
Chilly conditions will stay into the weekend with lows Saturday morning again in the low-mid 30s. Highs Saturday will reach the lower 60s under partly sunny skies. Clouds will invade the area by Sunday with highs staying in the mid-60s.
The pattern looks quite unsettled for the last week of the month with rain chances in the mix for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. A potentially strong storm system in the Western to Central US next week could bring a better chance of severe storms the day after Christmas.
Another robust system could bring more storms to the area by the following weekend.