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Clouds return Friday, soaking rains Saturday

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Clouds will return to Acadiana Friday ahead of a frontal system and an area of surface low pressure that will develop in the Gulf of Mexico Saturday.

After a morning start in the upper 30s to lower 40s, we'll warm into the low to mid-60s as clouds invade the region Friday afternoon.

A few light showers or sprinkles may be possible by late Friday afternoon, but the bigger rains will be developing and expanding northward across the region late Friday night through Saturday morning.

Soaking rains will be likely Saturday as low pressure develops off the Louisiana Coast and then slowly moves eastward during the day into the night. 

Rain chances will likely peg near 100% by Saturday morning with periods of rain likely continuing into the afternoon.

There is remarkable consistency on rain estimates for Acadiana Saturday with RPM FutureCast, the European Model and NOAA's Weather Prediction Center all going for a 2-3" soaking.

Fortunately the rains should be spread out over roughly a 12 hour plus period, so no major flooding issues are anticipated, other than ponding on roads...so be careful and slow down when driving Saturday. 

There will not be a severe weather threat Saturday, but there will probably be some embedded thunder at times.

Rains should slowly taper from west to east Saturday evening with lingering clouds likely to stay for most of Sunday.

Temperatures will generally stay in the mid-upper 50s at night to lower 60s during the day this weekend.

Skies will clear and some nice, sunny and seasonably cool days are anticipated early next week.

Unsettled weather with clouds and showers will return toward the end of next week, with chillier conditions likely into the following weekend.

While surges of arctic air will be invading the Northern U.S. toward the end of next week and beyond, it remains unclear as to if any significant chill will reach the Acadiana/Louisiana areas going through the first couple of weeks of February...stay tuned.

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