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Scattered showers/storms tonight; Sun returns Monday

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The front that brought the showers Sunday morning has lifted back to the north producing heavy rains over the northern portion of Louisiana this afternoon.

Tonight the tail end of the front, which is back over the Houston area, will slide into Acadiana bringing with it scattered showers and a few thunderstorms.

The Storm Prediction Center still has Acadiana under a marginal risk(5%) for a couple storms to turn severe with damaging winds gusts near 60 mph and quarter size hail as the main threats but a quick spin up tornado can not be ruled out.

Like last night the severe potential is pretty low but we still could get a decent soaking with many spots picking up between a half inch to an inch of rain, with some isolated spots gets as much as 1-2 inches.

The good news flooding should not be a concern except for in Beauregard, Rapides and Vernon parishes where they saw very heavy rain this afternoon so any additional showers in these areas could cause some minor flooding. 

The front should push out into the Gulf by Monday morning but a few stray showers will still be possible on the back side of the front, especially along the coast.

Otherwise Monday should be a fairly nice day with clouds giving way to partly sunny skies in the afternoon and highs in the low 70s.

Tuesday looks to start out dry but during the afternoon scattered showers/storms could develop over Acadiana, especially north of I-10, as a shortwave low and associated warm front will push into east Texas and Louisiana.

The Storm Prediction Center does have portions of east Texas and NW Louisiana under a marginal risk for the possibility of a couple storms could turn severe Tuesday afternoon so we will have to watch this to see if that area gets expanded in the coming days to include any parts of Acadiana.

Wednesday we will get a break in the rain with warm and breezy conditions returning as highs will push near 80  again under partly sunny skies.

Early Thursday morning our next cold front looks to slide down into Acadiana creating some scattered showers but right now this activity looks fairly light.

The bigger story with this front is it will bring more seasonable weather into Acadiana as we move into the month of March with highs Thursday through Sunday in the upper 60s to lower 70s under mostly sunny skies.

Also, at night it will start to feel a little cool with lows dropping into the upper 40s to lower 50s Friday morning through Sunday morning.

Sunday afternoon the European model is showing the possibility of another shortwave moving out of the Texas coast and up into east Texas which could fire off a few scattered showers over Acadiana Sunday afternoon and linger into early Monday morning.

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