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Rainy pattern the next several days

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Dig out the umbrella and have the rain gear ready as rounds of showers/storms are heading for Acadiana.

Scattered showers and storms will start to push into Acadiana beginning tonight after midnight as a cold front will produce a line of showers/storms, moving from west to east across Acadiana, with the worst of the showers arriving around 3-4am out towards Lake Charles, 6-7am for Lafayette and then pushing out of St. Mary parish by 10-11am.

As this line of showers/storms rolls through the region a few could be on the strong side with wind gusts up to 40-50mph.

The Storm Prediction Center has even placed the southeastern portion of Acadiana under a marginal risk (5%) as a couple storms could turn severe with wind gusts up to 60-70mph and maybe a brief spin-up tornado.

This storm system looks to also produce some decent rainfall amounts with most of Acadiana picking up about an inch while some localized spots, where heavier showers train over the same area, could get 2-3 inches of rain in a couple hours.

This could cause minor street flooding as the showers are happening but once the rain dies down the water should drain pretty quick.

Sunday afternoon we will get a break in the rain and it will feel rather spring-like with temperatures in the lower 70s.

The next wave of scattered showers could arrive as early as Sunday evening as we get a southwesterly flow pushing gulf moisture over the area.

Monday an upper level system will move over Texas helping to push more tropical moisture off the Gulf and over Acadiana producing rounds of hit or miss showers throughout the day.

These showers could drop another 1-2 inches of rain for the region.

For the most part Tuesday we might get a break from the rain before a surface system meets up with the upper level wave over Texas and pushes off to the East.

This system will sweep another cold front through Acadiana late Tuesday night into Wednesday morning bringing more scattered showers and storms.

Once this system slides off to the East we will see a couple dry days Wednesday and Thursday with temperatures staying mild in the low to mid 70s.

But this dry pattern looks to end Friday as a third front heads towards the southeast producing scattered showers and a few storms Friday afternoon into the evening.

These showers could linger into the first half of next Saturday as well.

Behind this front colder air looks to dive down into the region as highs will drop about 20° into the 50s next weekend with a slight chance for showers.

Right now there is quite a bit of uncertainty with the forecast next weekend and into Christmas. 

With the colder air the front will also try to push drier air down into the region.

If the drier air makes its way all the way down to the Gulf that would lower the rain potential but if the drier air stays farther to the north and tropical moisture continues to overrun the front like we saw a week ago producing the snow that could set up another chance for a cold rain and maybe some frozen precipitation back over Texas and northern Louisiana around Christmas which could cause issues for travel.

For the latest updates stay with KATC on this changing forecast concerning next weekend into Christmas. 

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