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Northern Acadiana could see a wintry mix Tuesday morning

Posted at 4:41 PM, Jan 27, 2019

It will be a quiet, cool night with lows dropping down to the lower 40s by Monday morning.

After the cool start Monday should be another mild day with highs in the mid 60s with a mix of sun and clouds.

Projected highs for Monday afternoon across Louisiana.

Late Monday night into early Tuesday morning continues to be the time frame for when the forecast gets tricky.

What we know is a strong cold front will begin sliding through Acadiana at about midnight producing a round of scattered showers.

On the back side of this front cold, arctic air will be moving over the region.

As we head closer towards daybreak temperatures for communities north of I-10 will be dropping to near freezing which could cause some of the rain to briefly switch over to sleet or snow.

RPM models shows a brief change over to sleet and snow early Tuesday morning.
Communities north of the interstate will have the best chance to see a wintry mix Tuesday morning.

I think for areas along the interstate and down to the coast our temperatures should stay above 35 so we will just see a cold rain the whole time.

That said those that do see a change over to wintry precipitation it will not last long and with the ground fairly warm thanks to the sunshine and mild temperatures lately it will not be able to stick and I do not expect any travel issues on the roads.

But to be on the safe side take it easy Tuesday morning and watch out for slick spots, especially on bridges and overpasses if you notice the rain becoming a wintry mix.

The rain/wintry mix should move out of Acadiana by about 8-9am and skies will turn mostly sunny during the afternoon which should help to dry up the roadways.

However, don’t let the sunshine fool you Tuesday as temperatures will struggle to get into the mid 40s and with winds howling out of the north at 10-20 mph it will feel like the low to mid 30s all day, so dress warm and have the heavy coats, hats and gloves ready.

Projected highs for Tuesday afternoon

Tuesday night the winds will die down and with clear skies we could see our coldest temperatures of the year with lows falling into the mid to upper 20s.

With temperatures below freezing for several hours Tuesday night this could cause exposed pipes to possibly burst and sensitive plants will need to be covered or brought inside.

Wednesday will be another cool day with highs only in the upper 40s to near 50.

Thursday and Friday temperatures slowly start to warm back up into the mid 50s and mid 60s respectively, but with the warmer temperatures comes the slight chance for rain as a shortwave system will be moving into the Gulf and could send a few showers for Acadiana.

Looking ahead to next weekend another shortwave low will move along the Texas coast and head for Louisiana increasing rain chances to about 40% for both Saturday and Sunday but neither day looks to be a wash out.