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Hard freeze warning tonight; Tad warmer Sunday

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HARD FREEZE WARNING issued for Avoyelles, Evangeline, Rapides and St. Landry parishes beginning at midnight and lasting until 9 a.m. as lows will drop into the mid-20s.


Although just a few parishes are officially under the hard freeze warning, all of Acadiana should protect their pipes, plants and pets as lows will fall into the mid-20s for several hours for just about everyone.


After the frigid start, it will be another sun filled day across Acadiana helping to warm highs into the upper 40s to near 50.

The other good news Sunday is that the winds will be nearly calm, so it will feel much better to be outside, especially in the sun.

Sunday night into Monday morning, lows will cool off again close to the freezing mark, but you will not need to protect your pipes.

Martin Luther King Day, we will get a brief warm-up in Acadiana as high pressure slides off to the east, allowing for a return flow off the Gulf as highs will climb into the upper 50s.

Going into Tuesday, things get a little interesting.

Tuesday afternoon, our next cold front will be sweeping down into the region with some very cold air on the back side of the system.

Models runs for both the Euro and GFS have been showing less moisture associated with this front, but both still do show a few scattered showers and the possibility of some wintry mix and a couple flurries.

Again, this system is still some days out so things can change but at this time I would say that areas to the north of I-10 will have the best chance to see a little wintry mix but I am not expecting any accumulation just maybe a few slick spots, especially on bridges and overpasses.

Then Tuesday night into Wednesday, another arctic blast moves down into Acadiana as lows will plummet towards the lower 20s, so a hard freeze will be likely again meaning pipes, plants and pets will need to be protected.

The cold air continues Wednesday afternoon as highs will only reach the upper 30s, but with a steady northerly breezy, it will only feel close to freezing most of the day.

Moving into Thursday and Friday, a shortwave low looks to develop off the coast of Texas and will slide scattered showers over Acadiana Thursday afternoon into the first half of Friday.

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