Wednesday will be breezy and warm ahead of a cold front that will push through overnight. Skies are already becoming cloudy, and will become overcast by this afternoon. As a cold front approaches, a few showers are possible by late this afternoon. Temperatures will get back to near 70 with breezes picking up this afternoon.
As the front nears, a line of showers and thunderstorms will push ahead of the front. Some could be severe with the Storm Prediction Center putting most of Acadiana in the slight risk category.
Expect the line of storms to reach the western sections of Acadiana shortly after dark, reach the Lafayette area late this evening, and then push across the eastern sections during the pre dawn hours of Thursday.
Once the front has passed through, it will turn windy and sharply colder as lows will drop into the 40s. Expect about an inch of rain on average as the storms go through.
Into Christmas Eve, expect skies to rapidly clear. Sunny skies are expected most of the day, but temperatures will stay chilly. Highs will struggle to near 50 degrees with wind chills in the 30s and 40s most of the day.
Overnight Christmas Eve into Christmas Day, expect skies to remain clear. Christmas morning temperatures will dip into the upper 20s over the northern sections, near freezing along I-10, and lower to middle 30s for the coastal areas. Because winds will diminish, there's a good chance for frost Christmas morning.
More sunshine is planned for Christmas Day. Highs will run in the mid 50s. Some unsettled weather is expected next week with temperatures near normal.