The weather looks great for viewing the total lunar eclipse in Acadiana during the dawn hours of Wednesday, but dress warmly, it will be frosty.
And after a partly cloudy and milder day Wednesday, look for more clouds for the rest of the week with rain chances building this weekend.
First off, if you are planning on watching the lunar eclipse, not only do you have to get up early, you'll need to dress warmly and position yourself with an unobstructed view toward the western sky, as the moon will be setting in total eclipse mode.
The the sky will also be brightening with the sun rising one minute after the moon sets, which could make for some very interesting views and photographic opportunities of the eclipse.
After a chilly/frosty start in the mid-30s Wednesday, look for fair to partly cloudy skies accompanied by milder afternoon temperatures reaching the mid-60s.
Clouds will increase Thursday ahead of a cool front Thursday night, but temperatures will be very close to reaching the 70 degree mark in spite of the clouds.
Lingering clouds and cooler temperatures are expected for Friday with yet another potentially dreary weekend setting up.
An area of low pressure will develop across the region Saturday with rain and some embedded thunder likely to develop by the evening and overnight hours.
Right now, it does not look like a repeat of the soaking we saw this past weekend, but 1-2" might be possible...and that's how last weekend's weather system looked several days out, so that may change...we'll see.
Otherwise , expect the showers to taper early Sunday with mostly cloudy and cool conditions (great weather for grilling!) for Super Bowl Sunday.
The longer range pattern ahead still advertises a changeable weather pattern through the Mardi Gras period, but it remains unclear as to whether arctic air will make another run at the area or not, and if so, will it hold off until after Fat Tuesday? Stay tuned!