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Hard Freeze Watch Sunday Evening through Wednesday Morning

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The chance for a few stray showers will continue this evening and into the overnight hours as a weak low pressure system slides along the coast.

Sunday the much talked about cold front pushes through the region drying out the area and ushering in the shot of arctic air.

Behind this front temperatures will fall throughout the day dropping into the lower 40s by the afternoon.

But the more important number the next several days will be the wind chill or feel like temperature as winds will be steady out of the north between 10-20 mph, with gusts up to 30mph.

Sunday night as you head out to celebrate New Years Eve feel like temperatures will be in the lower 20s, so make sure to bundle up and wear layers.

Also, a Hard Freeze Watch has been issued for all of Acadiana beginning Sunday evening and lasting through Wednesday morning as temperatures will be at or below freezing the entire time with morning lows Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday dipping into the upper teens and lower 20s.

If you have not already you will need to make sure you are taking steps now to ensure that exposed pipes are covered and protected.

Also, you will need to protect sensitive plants and make plans to ensure pets have a place to get out of the cold.

Not only will actual temperatures be at or below freezing Monday and Tuesday feel like temperatures most of those days will not get much above the lower 20s.

So, if you have to be outside for extended periods of time, make sure exposed skin is covered up and you are wearing hats, gloves and scarves. 

Wednesday afternoon temperatures begin to warm slightly as highs will get into the lower 40s and the winds will die down making it feel slightly better but still rather cold.

Thursday and Friday temperatures stay on the cold side only getting into the mid-40s.

It is not until next Saturday that we will see highs warm back into the lower 50s as high pressure starts to scoot off to the East.

Sunday clouds will move back over Acadiana as we get a southerly flow again pushing warm and moist Gulf air over the region.

That warm air will finally allow temperatures to get back to near normal in the lower 60s.

Rain chances return the following Monday as our next front systems sweep down into the southeast. 

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