Acadiana's Mardi Gras will be a chilly one with the chance of scattered showers remaining in the forecast.
Dress warmly for any festivities Monday night as temperatures drop into the mid-40s with a little bit of a wind chill persisting...at least it will be dry.
We can't say the same for Mardi Gras as a frontal boundary lurking offshore will slowly move northward while a few disturbances aloft may induce scattered shower activity, especially during the afternoon hours.
For the early Mardi Gras revelry, expect cloudy, misty and cool conditions with temperatures in the mid-40s at daybreak Tuesday.
It will slowly warm during the course of the day with temperatures reaching the upper 50s to lower 60s by late afternoon.
Rain chances should increase to a 50/50 proposition Tuesday afternoon with scattered, mostly light showers, anticipated at this time.
Temperatures will hold near 60 overnight Tuesday through Wednesday morning as a warm front continues northward, possibly inducing foggy conditions across the area for Ash Wednesday morning.
Spring-like temperatures will return Wednesday afternoon with highs pushing the low-mid 70s with a slight chance of a few showers mainly in the morning.
After morning clouds, Thursday looks to be the nicest day this week with an afternoon sun and cloud mix accompanied by temperatures well into the mid-70s.
It stays mostly cloudy and warm into Friday with the chance of showers re-developing into this weekend as another front approaches and passes Saturday, and then moves back north Sunday.
So after another chilly day Saturday with temperatures dropping into the 50s to low 60s, Sunday should be milder with readings back into the 70s.
More clouds and showers and up and down temperatures will continue for much of next week.
In fact, the cloudy, dreary, occasionally wet, and "see-sawing" temperature pattern will continue for the rest of this month...it appears that Acadiana may not see a completely sunny day until some time in March.