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Chance for frozen precipitation and freezing temperatures for Acadiana

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The cold, wet and dreary pattern will continue Thursday with on and off scattered showers.

We could have a few more breaks in the showers but with clouds locked in place that will prevent temperatures from warming too much as highs will only reach the upper 40s.

Late Thursday night into Friday morning another cold front will swing down into Acadiana pushing down even colder air into the region.

This colder air will mix with the lingering moisture over Acadiana to cause some of the rain to briefly turn over to a mix of frozen precipitation and a few snow flakes.

The models are still not completely sure of how much we will see in the form of frozen precipitation.

The RPM model is the driest solution with all the rain pushing out into the Gulf by 7am Friday morning.

The GFS and Euro models are in the middle with some freezing rain(pink) and snow(white) showing up around Friday morning, especially to the east near New Orleans, but those models still believe most of the moisture will stay as rain for Acadiana.

The NAM is the most aggressive showing a widespread chance of seeing freezing rain and snow Friday morning.

Personally, I believe the GFS and Euro models are showing the best idea with most of the moisture remaining as a cold rain but at times we could briefly see a little sleet or snow flakes Friday morning as the cold air mixes with the rain activity.  

The good news is the ground will be too wet and warm to cause any travel issues Friday morning but it could still look pretty with a few snow flakes blowing around Acadiana.

Once the rain ends Friday afternoon we will begin to dry out and the coldest air will slide over the region.

Thus, Friday night into Saturday morning all of Acadiana could see freezing temperatures.

Everyone will need to protect sensitive plants and pets will need to have a place to get out of the cold.

Also, people to the north and out in the country will want to protect their pipes as well.

Finally, with all the rain there could still be some moisture on the roads which will freeze leading to patches of black ice.

So, if you are traveling later Friday night or early Saturday morning watch out for slick spots.

Saturday afternoon we should see plenty of sunshine warming temperatures into the upper 50s allowing everything to melt and dry up.

However, with clear skies temperatures will cool off again going into Sunday morning leading to another possible freeze/frost so plants and pipes will need to be protected along with pets brought inside. 

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