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Milder weekend; lots of clouds

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Acadiana will continue to thaw out this weekend in spite of plenty of clouds. 

Mostly cloudy skies will persist overnight Friday into Saturday while a few spotty showers will be possible.

Rain chances will be near 30% after midnight Friday through Saturday afternoon, likely dropping to near 10% Sunday.

Temperatures will finally stay above freezing Friday night through Saturday morning, holding in the mid-40s.

Temperatures Saturday afternoon will likely top out in the mid-60s. 

During the day Saturday, sea fog will be developing along the coastal waters and will likely thicken and then advance inland Saturday night and continue through Sunday morning.

The sea fog appears likely, as shelf water temperatures right near the Louisiana coast are in the 40s, while milder 60 degree-plus air from the Central and Southern Gulf will chill at the coastal shelf, thus allowing for stratiform cloud condensation...or as we'll know it: fog.

This makes Sunday's forecast highs a difficult proposition as the afternoon readings will depend how quickly fog burns off.

With drier air aloft, some sunshine is probable Sunday afternoon, with temperatures responding into the low to possibly the mid-70s...but again, the cool shelf waters and the fog could limit our highs into the upper 60s.

Change will follow late Sunday night into Monday morning as a Pacific cool front crosses the region.

Showers and storms can be expected well after midnight Sunday night, and will be ending by mid-morning Monday.

Rainfall totals will be in the tolerable range, generally in the .50-1.00" range, with a few isolated areas possibly receiving up to an inch and a half.

Although there could be a few strong thunderstorms with this front, most activity is expected to stay below severe levels at this time.

Behind the front, seasonably cool conditions should follow for much of next week with highs starting in the upper 50s, rising to the low-mid 60s by the end of the week.

Night-time lows next week will range mostly in the upper 30s to lower 40s...most of us should stay well above freezing...but...

Another front is expected next Saturday, with showers and storms likely; if the European Model is correct in today's assessment, freezing temperatures at night could return by next Sunday night, and perhaps for a couple of nights to follow.

Winter is not over yet!

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