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Wintry mix ending tonight then freezing cold and windy

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Winter Weather Advisory has been extended until midnight for Acadiana as rounds of freezing rain, sleet and snow will linger through the evening before coming to an end about 10pm.

 

Accumulations of snow & ice looks to be between a dusting to a quarter of an inch on cars, metal and grassy surfaces with some spots near 1-2 inches in portions the northern and western Acadiana.

The main concern tonight will be hazardous road conditions as the wet roads turn to ice, especially on bridges, overpasses and country roads, as very cold air invades the region with temperatures dropping into the mid 20s. 

Then once the wintry mix stops the issue becomes the freezing temperatures and breezy winds. 

Hard Freeze Warning has been issued for all of Acadiana from midnight until 9AM as lows will drop into the upper teens and lower 20s by Wednesday morning.

 

A Wind Chill Advisory has also been issued for Acadiana from midnight until 9AM as feel like temperatures will drop into the single digits.

 

With these extremely cold conditions pipes, plants & pets will all need to be protected/covered or brought inside.

As for people make sure you are wearing layers, hats and gloves to be protected for the cold and wind.

Wednesday the arctic blast remains locked over the region as temperatures will struggle to reach the mid 30s while feel like temperatures will not get out of the mid to upper 20s.

 

The good news is we should see some sunshine during the afternoon which will help to melt any ice on the roads. 

Another hard freeze is expected Wednesday night into Thursday morning as lows will fall into the low 20s.

Thursday will start to feel a little better as highs will climb into the mid 40s under mostly sunny skies and winds will be fairly light.

Friday morning we could see a light freeze as lows dropped down into the upper 20s and lower 30s.

During the afternoon a southerly flow off the Gulf will warm temperatures into the mid 50s under partly cloudy skies.

By this weekend we will get a nice January thaw with highs near 70.

However, with the warmer temperatures comes the chance for showers to return across Acadiana.

Saturday should be the drier day with just a 30% chance for a few scattered showers during the afternoon.

Then our next cold front looks to arrive late Sunday evening into Monday morning increasing rain chances to about 70%.

Moving into next week temperatures will be back to normal with highs near 60 and lows in the lower 40s with a mix of sun and clouds. 

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