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Warming up Monday; Possible wintry mix Tuesday

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After a nice warm up this afternoon with highs reaching the lower 50s temperatures will quickly cool off this evening with lows dropping into the upper 20s and lower 30s by Monday morning.

Temperatures will only be below freezing for a few hours tonight so not expecting a hard freeze meaning pipes should be fine but plants and pets will still need to be covered and/or brought inside.

Monday afternoon we will get a return flow off the Gulf rapidly warming temperatures as highs will top out in the upper 50s to near 60, getting us back to near average temperatures.

Our next front looks to arrive Tuesday and this could bring Acadiana a decent chance to see a little wintry mix.

With any winter weather system in the south models are still having a little trouble figuring out what exactly will happen.

The RPM and Euro models both show most of Acadiana having a good chance to see some light rain before maybe turning over to some sleet and then ending as a few snow flakes but no accumulation is expected.


However, the NAM and GFS models have the system falling a part as it moves into the very dry air over Acadiana.


At this time I tend to agree with the RPM and Euro models in that we will see something whether it is a little sleet or some flurries but nothing to really worry about.

The only concern will be a few slick spots or black ice on bridges and overpasses, especially in northern Acadiana where they will have the best chance to see frozen precipitation.

Besides the chance for some wintry mix very cold and breezy conditions will be moving over Acadiana Tuesday with temperatures topping out in the lower 40s around 10am before falling throughout the day.

Then Tuesday night into Wednesday lows will bottom out in the lower 20s meaning a hard freeze will be likely for all of Acadiana so pipes, plants and pets will need to be protected again.

Wednesday the sun will come back out but it is going to be freezing with highs struggling to reach the upper 30s and with a steady northerly breeze wind chills will not get out of the 20s.

Temperatures will once again fall back down into the low to mid 20s Thursday morning so Acadiana will experience another hard freeze.

Moving into the end of next week we will slowly begin to warm up as highs Thursday will get back into the mid 40s under partly cloudy skies and then Friday afternoon highs will climb into the upper 50s.

Unfortunately as temperatures warm up the chance for scattered showers returns Friday as a shortwave low in the Gulf will head towards the Louisiana coast.

Looking ahead to next weekend highs will be pushing the upper 60s but we will have another decent chance for scattered showers Sunday afternoon with the passage of another frontal system. 

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