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Winter weather possible; more likely to our east

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It's time to start talking about every Cajun's favorite weather topic to discuss and that is the chance for wintry precipitation early Friday morning. 

There are a few things to keep in mind when talking about the possibility of winter precipitation and that is everything has to be just right for these forecasts to come together, making these forecasts really tricky. 

As always there is inevitably a border and on one side there is rain and on the other side there is snow, south Louisiana is always right on the border so the smallest of changes can lead to big implications with the forecast. 

That being said here's what you should know about the possibility of snow/sleet/ice/rain in Acadiana. 

Models are continuing to look more favorable for the development of wintry precipitation, particularly for eastern portions of Louisiana (from the Atchafalaya Basin and along the north shore). 

As showers continue Thursday night temperatures will drop eventually hitting the mid-30s which is where we should find our low early Friday morning, these temperatures will be a little more favorable for sleet. 

Any kind of winter precipitation we receive won't have much of a chance to accumulate or stick on the ground very long, it takes a while for the roads to get cold enough to see accumulation and we aren't there just yet. 

If there are some snow flurries there won't be much accumulation maybe a light dusting on the grassy area, but again the roads will be too warm for anything to stick. 

The best time to see something other then rain will be around sunrise with temperatures slowly warming beyond what it takes to produce snow by mid-morning. 

Since chances east of Acadiana are a little greater for wintry mix east of the Basin the National Weather Service has posted a Winter Weather Advisory for Baton Rouge and the North Shore. 

So if your Friday morning travel plans take you beyond the Basin or along I-12 there may be some weather impacts especially along bridges and overpasses so be careful. 

Your commute shouldn't see much interruption especially if the winter precipitation continues to trend east, of course as mentioned above we are always on the border so stay tuned for forecast updates. 

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