It will be a mild start to astronomical winter for Acadiana with thick morning fog in spots yielding to some sun, and temperatures in the low to mid-70s Thursday afternoon.
The winter solstice officially begins at 10:28 Thursday morning with the shortest days of the year, roughly 10 hours and 12 minutes, continuing through December 27th...thereafter, our days begin to definitively get longer.
After morning fog and some partial sunshine, clouds will return Thursday afternoon as a weak warm front advances northward from the Gulf of Mexico.
This front could lead to a few spotty showers late in the afternoon Thursday and then into the evening as our temperatures drop initially, but then rise into the low to mid-60s Friday morning.
Acadiana will likely see another spring-like day Friday with highs in the upper 70s and perhaps, a slight chance of a quick passing shower.
Changes will arrive this weekend in the form of a slow moving cold front that will bring a good chance of rain and a few embedded storms Saturday, especially for the afternoon and evening hours.
At this point no severe weather nor heavy rains are anticipated Saturday, but rainfall totals could be in the one inch range...more details to come on these factors Thursday.
Mostly cloudy, breezy and cooler weather is anticipated for Acadiana Sunday with temperatures dropping into the lower to mid 50s, and it will feel chillier, given the wind chill factor.
Skies will clear for Christmas morning with temperatures starting out in the wind-chilly mid-30s, topping out in the lower 50s for Christmas afternoon.
Temperatures should be close to the freezing and/or frost zone Christmas night into Tuesday morning, but milder temperatures will return for the afternoon.
Mild temperatures will briefly make a comeback for later next week with scattered showers possible Wednesday through Friday.
Per the European model, we could see a good soaking of rain and storms a week from Friday, before another chill down for the the last weekend of 2017.