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Mild Thursday, cooler Friday; unsettled/wet weekend

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Acadiana will get to enjoy milder weather for about 24 hours before the next cool front arrives Thursday night. 

Temperatures overnight will hold in the low to mid-50s thanks to a southerly breeze and clouds advancing inland from the Gulf of Mexico.

Incidentally, tonight's moon (although blocked by clouds most of the night), up until midnight, will still be "Super" and "Blue"...just not not bloody as there will be no eclipse. (See the lunar eclipse pictures from Acadiana here.)

Thursday will feature mostly cloudy and mild conditions with temperatures reaching the lower 70s during the early afternoon.

A few sprinkles will be possible during the latter part of Thursday afternoon, but best rain chances (near 40%) will arrive between 10pm and 1am Thursday night into Friday morning.

It will be back to mostly cloudy, breezy and cooler conditions Friday, with highs staying contained in the 50s.

This weekend still appears rather unsettled and tricky with regards to the forecast.

An area of broad low pressure will likely develop from Texas into Louisiana and portions of the Northwestern Gulf of Mexico Saturday and advance eastward Sunday.

This means the chance of rain should increase late Saturday afternoon into Saturday night, ending early Sunday. 

Today, the models remain unimpressed with this weather system, yielding rainfall totals in the quarter to one half inch range across Southern Louisiana, with heavier totals well to the southeast in the Gulf of Mexico. This still may change in the coming days...stay tuned.

So at this point, it will just be nuisance light rains, rather than a soaking this weekend. 

Of course after the weekend, sunshine returns Monday, but another quick-moving weather system will likely bring rains back to the area late Tuesday into Tuesday night/early Wednesday.

Thereafter, models are dry, but are split with respect to temperatures: the GFS Model likes chillier temperatures, while the more favored European Model is going with 60s and 70s entering Mardi Gras weekend (Friday/Saturday).

A lot can change between now and Mardi Gras, but the looming arctic air threat appears to be diminishing with each and every model run.

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