An excellent chance of showers and thunderstorms are in the forecast for for Acadiana Saturday as a series of upper level disturbances traverse the region.
Unfortunately, rain chances for the day will be near 100%, but that doesn't necessarily mean it's going to storm all day...it just means that everyone should see some shower activity at some point during the day. So grab your ponchos...it can still be a fun weekend!
And with that being said, please don't blame meteorologists or your local officials for canceling or not canceling parades and/or events...we're all trying to best inform and keep everyone safe.
With that being said...if you do hear thunder, then that will be a good time to seek shelter, and drop the steel shafted umbrellas...golf umbrellas with glass shafts are great in heavier rains and for Louisiana!
Consult the latest doppler radar trends by going to KATC's Radar page here.
Highest rain chances for most areas Saturday should be from mid-morning through the afternoon hours, with some activity possibly tapering during the evening hours (although some models disagree).
After a brief lull of activity into Saturday night, scattered showers and a thunderstorms may redevelop by Sunday morning and continue until a cool front arrives Sunday afternoon.
Rainfall at times, could be occasionally heavy, especially for Saturday, with most models, including FutureCast and the Weather Prediction Center (WPC) indicating 1-2" of rain will be possible across the area through Sunday. There could be a few isolated spots that may catch up to 3" which could lead to some minor localized street flooding.
In addition, the Storm Prediction Center (SPC) has the eastern half of Acadiana hashed in for a marginal (5%) risk of a few isolated severe storms Saturday into Saturday night.
The SPC indicates that a few "bowing" cells and rotating updrafts in isolated storms may become possible leading to the possibility of damaging winds and perhaps, an isolated tornado.
Showers and storms should will be ending sometime early Sunday afternoon as a cool front pushes through the region, allowing for breezy and much cooler conditions Sunday Night into Monday.
Clouds will likely linger into Monday with the risk of some scattered showers remaining in the forecast.
And after a chilly Monday, the good news of the day is that it looks warmer for Mardi Gras, with rain chances as of today, lowered to 20%!
Temperatures this weekend will be quite mild with highs in the low-mid 70s accompanied by night time lows ion the mid-60s.
Temperatures will drop into the 50s and then mid-upper 40s Sunday night/Monday morning and likely stay in the 50s all day Monday.
After a chilly start, Mardi Gras should see temperatures rising into the lower 70s for the afternoon.
Rain chances should stay on the low side for the rest of next week (check the latest 10 Day Forecast here) into the following weekend while the temperatures remain spring-like, mostly in the mid-70s.