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Fading front produces another cloudy, unsettled weekend

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A cool front will approach Acadiana late Friday allowing for the chance of scattered showers by late in the day into the early evening. 

The front will proceed to become nearly stationary across the area, "waffling" and creating scattered showers Saturday, and eventually advancing northward with decreasing rain chances Sunday.

Before the front arrives, expect another foggy start to our Friday with skies becoming mostly cloudy with a few early afternoon intervals of sun.

Temperatures will start in the mid-60s Friday and finish out once again in the upper 70s to near 80.

As mentioned, the front may produce a few showers, especially during the late afternoon into the early evening with rain chances near 20% increasing briefly to 40% early Friday evening.

With the front becoming stationary Saturday, a few weak disturbances may ride along the boundary to produce scattered showers...the risk of thunderstorms at this time, appears low. Rain chances Saturday should be in the 40-50% range.

Moving into Sunday, while clouds persist, a few showers may be possible, especially in the morning, as the frontal boundary makes a definitive move back to the north. A few intervals of sun may return for Sunday afternoon.

Temperatures will cool slightly behind the front this weekend, in the upper 60s to lower 70s Saturday, but should warm back into the low-mid 70s Sunday.

At night it will be cooler this weekend with lows dropping into the mid-upper 50s...overall, chillier conditions can be expected in the northern-most Acadiana parishes this weekend, while the temperature effects of the front will be felt less along the coast.

Moving into next week, spring-like temperatures will return under partly to mostly cloudy skies with highs in the upper 70s to lower 80s Monday into Tuesday.

It appears a very good chance of storms may develop next Wednesday, as the next stalling front approaches, but that system should have more moisture and instability to work with, so several inches of rain may be possible mid-week.

Finally, looking at the Climate Prediction Center guidance for the rest of February, including the 6-10 day and 8-14 day outlook periods, it appears that spring has sprung locally and for a good portion of the Southeast U.S. with above normal temperatures expected.

It will remaining cooler than normal in the West.

Meanwhile, with the spring-like temperatures, it will be wetter than normal from Gulf Coast northeastward into Midwest and Northeast.

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