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Mostly Sunny & Cooler

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Crisp and cool across Acadiana to start our Tuesday morning. Most areas have clear skies, with the exception of a few high, thin clouds. Temperatures are in the 30s north with 40s to the south, basically normal for the latter part of January. A good amount of sunshine is expected today as high pressure remains in control. It's currently centered over the middle part of the country keeping our winds out of the north. The frontal boundary that brought Monday's early morning rains has moved into central Florida and along the east coast.

In the upper levels a low pressure area is still spinning across the Midwest. A trailing line of moisture extends southward, then southwestward across the south, then into the Gulf of Mexico, westward across Mexico to the Pacific. This upper moisture will bring cirrus cloudiness at times. These thin clouds shouldn't inhibit the brightness of the day, but may keep temperatures a couple of degrees cooler compared to a full sun day. As the upper low lifts northward toward the Great Lakes, we'll see all sunshine Wednesday through Thursday with highs in the lower 60s and lows in the upper 30s.

Looking down the road toward the weekend, we can expect clouds to return Friday with a chance for showers and storms late in the day. Southerly winds will also increase the temperatures. Afternoon highs should reach the upper 60s, with highs near 70 by Saturday. Rains will be on and off through Saturday evening, with rains ending early Sunday. It will turn cooler for early next week, but the models have been conflicting on just how cold. Yesterday's updates showed a light freeze in the Tuesday/Wednesday time period, today's model stays warmer, which seems to be the trend. Otherwise dry, with mild days and cool nights expected next week.

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