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Chilly tonight; then gradually warming up

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With clear skies and winds dying down later tonight it is going to get rather cold across Acadiana with lows dropping into the upper 30s and lower 40s.


With temperatures in the upper 30s areas of patchy frost will be possible in the far northern portions of Acadiana.

We have not seen temperatures this cold in nearly a month as you have to go back to the morning of February 8th to find the last time lows were near 40°.

Thursday high pressure will slide right over top Acadiana helping to keep winds on the calmer side allowing the sunshine to warm temperatures a couple extra degrees as highs will reach the mid 60s.

Waking up Friday we will still be on the chilly side with lows in the low to mid 40s but as high pressure scoots off to the east winds will turn more southerly pushing warmer air off the Gulf warming highs into the upper 60s to lower 70s.

Saturday I am keeping an eye on a couple disturbances heading our way which will bring chances for scattered showers to Acadiana.

The first disturbance is an area of low pressure that will develop in the western Gulf of Mexico off the Texas coast.

Right now most models keep the majority of the rain with this system offshore but I will not rule out a few scattered showers and storms right along the coast Saturday morning.

The other disturbance is another low pressure moving into the Missouri Valley that could help to pull moisture off the Gulf and over the region sparking off some hit of miss showers throughout the day.

Rain chances look to increase late Saturday night into Sunday morning as this low pressure drags a cold front through Louisiana producing widespread scattered showers.

This front should push out into the Gulf Sunday afternoon but before it does a few showers could linger during the morning hours.

The good news is this front does not look to have too much moisture to work with as we are drying out thanks to the cool and dry weather this week so rainfall totals should only be about a half inch.

Then behind this front another shot of winter like air dives into the southeast with highs Monday only in the lower 60s and with a steady northerly breeze it will feel quite chilly most of the day.

And just like this week overnight lows look to drop into the low to mid 40s next Tuesday and Wednesday morning with afternoon highs staying below average in the mid 60s.   

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