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Not a white Christmas but maybe a frosty Christmas for Acadiana

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This afternoon a dry, cold front swept through Acadiana causing winds to pick up out of the north at 10-15 mph and will eventually usher in some very chill air later tonight.

Lows Christmas morning will drop into the low to mid 30s creating the possibility for some patchy frost, especially out in the rural areas.

Following the chilly start temperatures will remain about 10 degrees below average on Christmas with highs only topping out in the mid 50s.

Tuesday a shortwave low pressure system will slide up the Texas coast and push scattered showers over Acadiana during the afternoon.

These showers will pick up in intensity during the late evening hours into early Wednesday morning.

The low should scoot off to the East Wednesday afternoon causing the showers to end by lunchtime.

In total most of Acadiana we will receive a nice soaking of about half an inch up to an inch in spots, thus flooding should not be a concern with this system.

Once the rain stops the clouds will stick around making for a cool and gloomy day as highs will stay in the low to mid 50s Tuesday and Wednesday.

Thursday looks to be on the dreary side as well with mostly cloudy skies and a few hit or miss showers possible.

Friday temperatures will begin to slowly warm up pushing into the upper 50s as we get a bit more sunshine.

For the New Years weekend the models are still having a little trouble coming into agreement on the passage of our next front.

The European model brings the cold front completely through Acadiana on Saturday leading to scattered showers followed by drier and cooler conditions for News Years Eve and New Years Day.

However, the GFS model is much slowly in pushing the front through the region causing scattered showers to begin Saturday afternoon and last on and off through Sunday into New Years Day before the cooler and drier air arrives.

Thus you should check back with KATC in the coming days to get the latest forecast to find out if showers will interrupt your New Years plans.

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