Scattered storms possible tonight

Posted at 3:42 PM, Feb 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-26 23:42:09-05

As we continue to be in this soupy El Nino pattern hit or miss light showers will be sliding through Acadiana this afternoon/evening.

Here is a look at the latest radar:


Later tonight after 8 or 9 PM is when we could see a few strong to possibly severe storms fire up throughout Acadiana.

Here is a look at the latest Predictive Radar showing the timing for tonight storms.


The Storm Prediction Center has all of Acadiana under a marginal risk(5%) for severe weather with large hail being the main threat but a couple high wind gusts up to 60 mph can not be ruled out.

Low end threat for hail up to a quarter in size with tonight’s storms

Wednesday morning a warm front will lift north across Acadiana bringing with it the possibility for more scattered showers and a few rumbles of thunder and lightning but like today it will not be a complete washout.

Also, thanks to the warm front temperatures will be on the rise Wednesday with highs pushing into the low to mid 70s.

Temperatures will be warming back up into the 70s on Wednesday

Wednesday night into Thursday morning as winds flip out of the southwest fog will begin to develop dropping visibility, especially along the coast.

Thursday no real change to the pattern as a weak cool front will try to work down into central Louisiana meaning we will continue to have about a 40-50% chance for scattered showers and a few storms firing up out ahead of the front.

We might get a break from the showers on Friday as we will be between systems but I will keep about a 20% chance for an isolated shower as there will still be a lot of low level moisture in the atmosphere.

For Mardi Gras weekend the parades and events on Saturday look like they will be mostly dry, at least according to the European model, but again a few hit or miss showers can not be ruled out during the afternoon with warm temperatures in the mid to upper 70s.

Our next strong cold front looks to arrive Sunday afternoon into the evening producing a high chance for showers and thunderstorms.

Widespread showers and storms likely Sunday with next cold front

Behind this front winter makes a return to Acadiana just in time for Lundi and Mardi Gras.

Right now Lundi Gras looks cloudy, cool and breezy with highs only in the 40s with wind chills in 30s.

Get the heavy coats, hats and gloves ready for Lundi Gras

Skies will be clearing into Mardi Gras morning setting up a chilly start for the early festivities with temperatures in the low to mid 30s and feel like temperatures in the 20s.

For the parades on Mardi Gras we should have plenty of sunshine but it will still be chilly with temperatures in the mid 40s and wind chills in the upper 30s to lower 40s.

Cold Mardi Gras forecast but it will be sunny

So, to recap it looks dry Monday and Tuesday but you are going to need to dress warm for your Lundi and Mardi Gras activities this year as temperatures will be about 20° below average.