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Fair and seasonable through Thursday; soaking likely Saturday

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Acadiana will continue to enjoy a fair winter weather pattern through Thursday with partly to mostly sunny skies and seasonable temperatures.

Clouds will return Friday followed by rain and storms likely Saturday.

In the near term, after a morning start mostly in the upper 30s, look for partly cloudy skies, with plenty of high level cirrus clouds accompanied by temperatures topping out near 60 Wednesday afternoon.

Less clouds Wednesday night into Thursday morning should translate to chillier temperatures with lows dropping into the mid-30s...and with light winds anticipated, a frost will be a pretty good bet for most spots in the area Thursday morning.

Mostly sunny skies with highs in the lower 60s are expected Thursday.

Changes arrive Friday with clouds moving in from the Gulf of Mexico along with milder temperatures, and perhaps a few brief, "streamer" showers possible (20%).

Surface low pressure will develop in the Western Gulf of Mexico Friday night into Saturday and then travel to the northeastward allowing for an excellent chance of rain and embedded thunderstorms (80%) for the area Saturday.

The track of the low should be south and east of Acadiana proper, but ultimately this will dictate that amount of rains and if there will be any severe weather threat with this system for the area.

Right now, it appears there should be no severe weather threats, but rainfall amounts, which look higher than yesterday, per the European Model, could be be several inches for the area.

While still early in the game, a 2-3" soaking rainfall could be possible for portions of Acadiana Saturday...especially the farther south and east you go.

Highs Saturday will be tricky depending on the aforementioned low's track, but 60s to possibly the low 70s may be possible.

Wrap around clouds, breezy and cooler weather will return Sunday, with mostly sunny and seasonably cool conditions to follow early next week.

Another weather system will bring clouds and the chance of showers and storms back to the area by mid-late next week.

Following that system, progressively colder air could return to Acadiana for an extended period of time.

While it's way too early to even guess, morning lows in the mid-upper 20s for Acadiana would not be surprising for some days during the first week of February...stay tuned!

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