It was a beautiful start to the work week with lots of sunshine and temperatures climbing into the mid 60s but now clouds are starting to move into Acadiana.
A fast moving shortwave is pushing out of east Texas and into Louisiana bringing with it a few scattered showers.
Hit or miss showers will sweep across Acadiana, especially north of the interstate, from 5-10 PM this evening.
Here is a live look at the radar:
Once the showers and clouds slide off to the East by midnight temperatures will plummet under clear skies dropping down into the mid to upper 30s.
With a little bit of moisture on the ground from the passing showers this evening and then the cold temperatures areas of patchy frost are likely, especially in rural communities and places north of highway 190.
Thus, all sensitive vegetation will need to be covered and/or protected.
After the chill start temperatures will quickly warm up Tuesday afternoon rising into the upper 60s to near 70 under bright sunny skies.
Clouds will swing over Acadiana Tuesday night helping to hold lows Wednesday morning in the low to mid 40s.
High pressure then scoots off to the east Wednesday afternoon flipping winds out of the southeast pushing warm Gulf air over Acadiana as highs reach the mid 70s.
Thursday our next system arrives and this has the potential to bring a round of strong to severe storms to much of the pelican state.
The Storm Prediction Center already has most of Acadiana hatched in a slight risk(15%) for a few severe storms capable of producing damaging winds gusts up to 60 mph, large hail and a couple tornadoes.
On top of the severe threat this system is expected to bring a good soaking to the area with rainfall totals near 1-2 inches.
This system should push off to the east early Friday morning so outside a lingering shower to start the day Friday looks good with partly sunny skies and temperatures in the lower 80s.
If you have outdoor plans Saturday will be the better day this weekend as we should be dry for the first half of the day before scattered showers and a few storms swing into the region ahead of our next system.
This low pressure system also has the chance to produce a few strong to severe storms late Saturday into much of the day on Sunday.
A few questions still remain with Sunday’s system concerning the exact timing and severe threats as it is several days out so make sure to check back with KATC for the latest information involving this system.
Looking ahead to the following week the forecast looks great with several dry and sunny days and very spring-like with temperatures in the low to mid 80s during the day and low to mid 60s at night.