Winter chill erodes by Sunday

Posted at 5:25 PM, Feb 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-08 23:41:10-05

The weather across Acadiana Friday was a stark change from the nearly 80 degree temperatures Thursday as opposed to the mid-40s, not including the wind chills, into Friday afternoon…but those looking for milder temperatures, need not wait more than the next 36 hours!

In the near term, thanks to the blanket of clouds across the area, temperatures this Friday night through Saturday morning should stay well above the freezing mark, with most spots seeing morning lows near 40 degrees…give or take a couple of degrees.

After a cloudy and cold start Saturday (wind chills will still be in the low to mid 30s), look for clouds to thin in the afternoon, winds to diminish, and some sunshine to brighten the day and warm the late afternoon temperatures into the relatively balmy mid-50s.

While it will be chilly again Saturday evening with lows near the mid to upper 40s before or around midnight, temperatures should actually begin to rise by Sunday morning as a warm front moves smartly northward out of the Gulf of Mexico.

This warm front could spark a few brief rain showers (at 20%), primarily Sunday morning, but look for temperatures to rebound into the lower 70s by the afternoon.

Next week continues to be a meteorological mess (and rather unpredictable) with a series of cool fronts, warm fronts and a decidedly more active sub-tropical jet stream, that will all likely result in some of the best rain chances the area has seen since early January.

Monday should be another mostly cloudy and warm spring-like day with the chance of some scattered showers, with a better chance of rain and perhaps a few embedded storms Monday night into Tuesday.

Another good opportunity for rain should develop by Thursday as well.

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And as always, consult KATC 10 Day Forecast for the latest!

Have a great weekend!