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Warm & dry for Saturday parades

Posted at 5:46 PM, Mar 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-01 23:26:39-05

The nice, Spring-like weather will continue Saturday which is great news for all the Mardi Gras parades/activities going on throughout Acadiana.

Warm temperatures likely Saturday afternoon

Now, there is a small chance for a few isolated showers Saturday evening but nothing that should cause any real issues for the Bonaparte parade.

Most of the early parades on Sunday should be fine as well but during the late afternoon into the early evening a strong cold front will be working its way through Acadiana bringing with it a line of scattered showers and thunderstorms.

Scattered showers and storms likely Sunday along our next cold front

There is a low end threat for one or two storms to be on the strong to severe side as the Storm Prediction Center has parts of Acadiana under a marginal to slight risk for the possibility of storms producing damaging wind gusts up to 60 mph or a quick spin-up tornado.

SPC has portions of Acadiana under a marginal risk for severe storms Sunday

Behind this front it will turn sharply cooler and breezy as lows Monday morning will dip down into the mid to upper 30s.

And the cold air will continue to filter down into Acadiana for Lundi Gras as highs will struggle to reach the upper 40s with feels like temperatures staying in the upper 30s to lower 40s most of the day.

The only good news is it will be dry Monday with a fair amount of sunshine.

Early morning festivities on Mardi Gras will be freezing cold with temperatures in the lower 30s and wind chills in the 20s.

For the parades Tuesday afternoon things will improve slightly as highs will top out near 50 under partly sunny skies but there will still be a northerly breeze making it feel more like the mid 40s.

Feels Like temperatures in the 40s most of Mardi Gras

Another light freeze is possible Wednesday morning, so those that have already done some Spring planting will need to cover sensitive vegetation.

Temperatures will gradually begin to warm up for the second half of the week with highs near 70s again but Thursday and Friday but with the warmer weather comes the return of rain chances by Friday as our next front heads our way.