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Frosty start Wednesday

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Frosty conditions are expected for Acadiana Wednesday morning as temperatures will be near freezing or slightly above by daybreak.

High pressure will build into the region allowing for a couple of dry and seasonable days, before another front chills the area down Friday, and weekend rains develop.

Look for mostly sunny skies to warm our temperatures back into the low to mid 60s Wednesday afternoon as high level cirrus clouds invade the area into the evening hours.

With more high clouds in the forecast Wednesday night, it appears tonight, Tuesday night, will be the best night for viewing the peak of the Geminids meteor shower.

There may be more meteors striking the Earth Wednesday night, but the expected high clouds will likely not allow many to be seen in the area.

To see the meteors, look in the southeastern sky around midnight moving toward the southwestern sky during the predawn hours.

The best bet: look overhead (you don't need binoculars or a telescope) around 1-2 am or later, get away from city lights, and give yourself some time for your eyes to adjust to the night sky...and DRESS WARMLY, it will be cold!

Moving into Thursday, expect more high clouds mixed with partial sunshine and milder temperatures with a morning start closer to the low to mid 40s and an afternoon finish in the mid-upper 60s.

Another front will push into the area late Thursday night, allowing for chillier conditions again for Friday, but it appears with plenty of cloud cover behind the front, temperatures will have a hard time getting into the lower 50s Friday afternoon.

This weekend, an upper trough approaching from the northwest will induce an area of low pressure to develop in the Gulf Saturday, with the system moving into Louisiana Sunday.

Therefore, clouds and cool temperatures will persist into Saturday, with the chance of rain developing late in the day, becoming likely Saturday night into Sunday morning.

While early in the game, another good soaking, but below a flood threat, is possible this weekend, with 1-2" possible across Acadiana.

Temperatures will briefly warm Sunday, perhaps into the lower 70s, before cooler and drier conditions move back into the region Monday.

The rest of next week looks seasonable temperature-wise, with a definitive warm-up, into the mid-upper 70s, possible toward the end of the week into the following weekend.

It remains unclear as to whether it will stay mild or cooler temperatures will arrive for Christmas.

And speaking of Christmas, given the long term climatology of Lafayette averaging an inch of snow once every 10 years, and given that said snow rarely lasts more than a 12-24 hour period, the statistical chance of a White Christmas is roughly one in 900, or if you like percentages, 00.11%!

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