Feb 21, 2014 6:44 PM by Rob Perillo
This weekend will feature a mostly sunny and mild start with high clouds invading throughout our Saturday...the high clouds may win out by late afternoon.
Clouds will return in full force Saturday night insuring milder temperatures and perhaps bring some light rain showers to the area after midnight.
It will be warmer Sunday through Tuesday with highs in the mid-70s and the risk of scattered showers, especially Sunday and Tuesday.
Next week will also bring the "polar vortex" back from the Arctic Circle to the Great Lakes and Northeast U.S. by mid-week ushering another round of below normal temperatures to much of the Eastern U.S.
Acadiana may see the southwestern flank of this colder air Wednesday through Friday with lows Thursday & perhaps Friday morning very close to the frost/freeze zone so don't plant your gardens yet!
Preliminary guidance for the big holiday weekend through Mardi Gras does call for moderating temperatures...typical high temperatures this time of year should be in the mid-upper 60s, and we may be very close to that for Mardi Gras.
Here's the 500 millibar pattern for mid-next week: