Warming up with slight rain chances to end out work week

Posted at 4:19 PM, Jan 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-15 23:41:16-05

Another night with clouds blanketing Acadiana holding overnight lows in the lower 40s and prevent any frost from developing.

Wednesday high pressure finally slides off to the east switching winds out of the ESE which will help to push milder air over the region as highs will get back to near normal for mid January in the lower 60s.

Late Wednesday into Thursday morning a weak tough will swing towards Acadiana sparking off a few scattered showers but they should clear out by the afternoon.

Weak tough could produce a few scattered showers Thursday morning

The bigger story Thursday is that spring-like temperatures will return to Acadiana with highs topping out in the lower 70s.

A weak shortwave riding along the sub-tropical jet could produce a few isolated showers Friday otherwise it will be another warm day with temperatures in the lower 70s.

A few light showers can not be ruled out Friday afternoon

Our next chance for widespread showers and even a few thunderstorms will be Saturday morning into the early afternoon as a strong cold sweeps through the pelican state.

Strong cold front will produce scattered showers and a few storms Saturday

Rainfall totals from this system only look to be around a half inch.

However, behind this front it will turn windy and sharply colder as temperatures quickly fall from the mid 60s during the afternoon down into the low to mid 30s by Sunday morning with wind chills in the 20s.

Forecast lows for Sunday morning will be near freezing

Sunday will be our coldest day of the year with highs only in the mid 40s under partly cloudy skies but with winds still breezy out of the north at 10-20 mph and gusts near 30 mph it will feel like the 30s all day.

Thus, those going to the Saints game will need to bundle up for tailgating and walking to and from the Dome.

Then, Monday morning lows are forecasted to dip into the mid to upper 20s leading to a hard freeze which could cause exposed pipes to burst.

Hard freeze likely Monday morning with lows in the 20s.

The good news is the cold air doesn’t stick around long as highs will be near 50 Monday afternoon with winds dying down and highs Tuesday afternoon will be in the upper 50s and lower 60s.