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Frigid start to 2018

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As you head out tonight to celebrate New Year's Eve, make sure to bundle up and wear layers!

Temperatures will be falling to near 30° by midnight with steady north winds making it feel closer to 15-20°.  Brrrr!

Overnight clouds will begin to break apart allowing temperatures to dip into the low to mid-20s across Acadiana.

With the extremely cold temperatures, a Hard Freeze Warning has been issued for all of Acadiana from 2 a.m. until 9 a.m.

Make sure exposed pipes are covered, open cabinets to allow warm air get to the pipes and let faucets drip to prevent pipes from freezing.

To go along with the freezing temperatures a Wind Chill Advisory has been issued for Acadiana as winds will remain breezy through the overnight hours dropping feel like temperatures into the single digits for communities north of highway 190, while the rest of Acadiana will see wind chills between 10-15°.


With these dangerously cold wind chills pets and livestock will need to find a place to get out of the cold and wind.

Also, sensitive plants will need to be covered or brought inside to prevent from dying during this extended cold snap.

Tonight is just the first of 6 straight nights Acadiana could see sub-freezing lows with most nights dropping into the low to mid-20s.

New Year's Day, we will find see some sunshine but it won't help much as highs will struggle to reach the mid-30s.

Factor in the breezy north winds feel like temperatures will not get out of the 20s on Monday!

Tuesday morning with mostly clear skies overnight lows could even dive into the teens for most of Acadiana and feel like temps will bottom out in the lower teens.


Tuesday with more sunshine highs will push the upper 30s but wind chills will stay in the 20s most of the day.


Wednesday morning will be another hard freeze with lows in the upper teens and lower 20s but during the afternoon it will feel slightly better as highs will climb into the lower 40s and winds will begin to die down.

Thursday and Friday morning we will still have lows below freezing in the mid to upper 20s but during the day plenty of sunshine will warm temperatures into the mid-40s. 

Saturday morning looks to be the first morning of 2018 that we will not have lows below freezing.

Saturday afternoon, clouds will return as we slowly start to get a southerly flow off the Gulf helping to push highs into the lower 50s.

Sunday, we could even reach the low to mid 60 as the southerly winds pick up off the warm Gulf.

Scattered showers will then move over Acadiana to start the new work week as our next cold front swings down into the region with temperatures holding in the 60s and morning lows in the 40s.

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