Overcast skies, a stiff north wind, temperatures holding in the low to mid 40s. and wind chills in the low to mid 30s will characterize Acadiana’s weather pattern over the next 48 hours.
In the near term, an upper level disturbance approaching the region from the west will induce more rain and periods of drizzle Monday evening through the overnight hours.
Latest Predictive Radar:
All the while, temperatures will be steadily dropping into the low-mid 40s, where they are likely to stay all day Tuesday.
The rain will begin to become more sporadic and patchy in nature by midday Wednesday, but will will stay overcast, breezy and cold.
Stiff north winds near 15-20 mph will insure wind chills will drop into the mid-30s By Tuesday morning and that is where they will stay all day long.
Latest Local Wind Forecasts:
It now appears that clouds will stay locked in through Wednesday which should keep our temperatures from reaching the freezing mark Wednesday morning, but readings will likely dip into the mid-upper 30s accompanied by wind chills dropping into the upper 20s.
Temperatures will likely top out no higher than the mid-40s again Wednesday.
It would be wise to start covering plants (and of course make sure the pets have a warm place to stay) during the day Tuesday as temperatures will be close enough to damage to tender vegetation going into Tuesday night.
Skies will finally clear late Wednesday night with winds diminishing likely leading to Acadiana’s first killing freeze with readings in the upper 20s to lower 30s across the area Thursday morning.
Latest Temperature Forecasts:
After a couple of dreary days, full sunshine will be return for Thursday, helping to get our temperatures back into the lower to mid 50s Thursday afternoon.
Clear skies and a light north or nearly calm wind Thursday night into Friday morning will likely lead to a moderate frost across the area Friday morning with temperatures right near 32 at daybreak.
Mostly sunny skies (with some occasional high clouds) will dominate across the area Friday into the weekend allowing temperatures to get back into the lower 60s Friday and mid-upper 60s this weekend.
In the climatology department: The freeze expected for Thursday morning will likely come roughly one to two weeks early for most of Acadiana…but in the northern most parishes, it will be pretty much right on schedule.