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Brief snow flurries/bitter cold following arctic front

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A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for all of Acadiana Tuesday with winter precipitation likely along with some accumulations possible, but not likely, in spots. Wind Chill Advisories also in effect for single digit wind chills Tuesday night. 

A brief round of snow flurries, possibly mixing with some sleet pellets are in the forecast for Acadiana Tuesday afternoon followed by bitter pipe-busting cold and wind chills Tuesday night into Wednesday morning.

Most of any the precipitation that will follow the front will be evaporating as it reaches the ground across Acadiana, with little to no accumulation expected over most of the area, 

It will be vastly different just to our north and west where accumulations on grassy areas and surface objects are anticipated, especially from Beauregard Parish on northward into Central Louisiana. Travel could become briefly hazardous in these areas for a period of time, mainly during the afternoon.

Meanwhile, the northern part of the state is under a Winter Storm Warning with snowfall of 1-3" possible along with the likelihood of hazardous travel, especially on bridges and overpasses.

So while there might be some snow flurry activity across Acadiana tomorrow afternoon, our attention will quickly shift back to bitterly cold temperatures as readings fall below freezing midday Tuesday and drop into the lower 20s to perhaps the upper teens in the northern portions of Acadiana.

To make matters worse, gusty northerly winds will produce wind chills very similar to the New Year's Arctic Outbreak, with readings by Wednesday morning in the single digits!

Temperatures may not get much above freezing but for a few hours Wednesday afternoon, with readings once again dropping into hard freeze territory, the lower 20s, Wednesday night/Thursday morning, but minus the wind chill.

After a light freeze Friday morning, Acadiana will get to see a little but of a January thaw with highs in the 50s Friday and 60s possibly lower 70s this weekend with some showers developing through Sunday ahead of a cool (not cold) front Monday.

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