Jan 29, 2013 6:47 PM by Rob Perillo
A vigorous storm system moving across the nation's mid-section will keep windy conditions going across Acadiana ahead and behind a cold front that will clear the area Wednesday morning and usher in sharply cooler temperatures Wednesday night.
The front will approach the area after midnight tonight with the likelihood of showers and a few strong thunderstorms. Wind dynamics aloft will be increasing through the night-time hours possibly allowing for a few storms to become severe, producing isolated pockets of damaging winds in excess of 60mph.
"Prime-time" for strongest storms in Acadiana will be from 2am-5am give or take a couple of hours.
The greatest risk of severe weather overnight should remain well north of Acadiana into the northern part of the state, Arkansas and Mississippi where tornado dynamics will be rather strong.
Severe weather could also become more likely in Eastern Louisiana toward daybreak after the front has already passed through Acadiana.
Lingering clouds tomorrow morning will scour out as strong W/NW winds near 18-28mph with gusts to 35mph will be possible through midday.
Temperatures will rise to the low-mid 60s by midday, but should drop into the 50s by Acadiana's commute time Wednesday afternoon.
A winter chill will return to the area Wednesday night/Thursday morning with lows dropping into the mid-upper 30s with a wind-chill to boot.
The rest of the week and weekend looks fair and seasonably cool with highs in the 60s and lows getting back into the 40s.