After an active day of strong to severe storms across portions of Acadiana, activity will continue to move southeastward through the rest of Acadiana through this evening.
The worst of the storms produced a tornado from Vernon through Rapides Parish that was tracked on radar for more than 63 miles and roughly an hour...
Doppler velocity data when the tornado reached just southwest of Alexandria reached at least 141 mph...suggesting a tornado of EF2 intensity...all pending a NWS post storm survey.
Doppler Velocity Data:
Storm Reports as of 5:30pm Monday:
Latest Doppler here.
Per Predictive Radar, activity will diminish across the area around midnight with breezy and sharply colder conditions moving in through the wee morning hours of Tuesday.
Temperatures will drop into the mid-40s by morning with wind chills reaching the mid-upper 30s.
Lingering clouds, breezy and chilly conditions are expected for our Tuesday with a few misty sprinkles possible through the midday hours. Clouds should begin to thin from west to east by the latter part of the afternoon.
Temperatures Tuesday will hold in the 40s accompanied by wind chills staying mostly in the upper 30s.
It will certainly feel like meteorological winter Tuesday night into Wednesday morning as clouds clear and temperatures drop into the lower 30s.
A light freeze is certainly possible Wednesday morning especially along and north of the I-10 corridor. So it will be time to cover the plants for a couple of nights.
Wind chills Wednesday morning could be as low as the mid-upper 20s in spots so bundle up!
Lots of sunshine is anticipated for Wednesday and Thursday with diminishing winds.
Temperatures Wednesday will top out in the mid-50s, and with clear skies and light winds into Wednesday night another light freeze and a moderate to heavy frost will be likely as we wake up Thursday morning with temperatures likely in the lower 30s in most areas to the upper 20s across the northern Acadiana parishes.
Mostly sunny and seasonably chilly conditions will persist Thursday with highs in the mid-upper 50s.
Lows into Thursday night/Friday morning may get held up in the mid to upper 30s with high clouds beginning moving in.
The next weather system should move through the area late Friday into early Saturday accompanied by scattered showers mainly Saturday, but it shouldn't be a washout this weekend.
Clouds look to linger into Sunday as well.
Meanwhile, temperatures into the weekend look a little milder and closer to "normal" with highs getting back into the lower 60s accompanied lows in the 40s by Sunday.
For now it appears that a relatively quiet pattern is expected Monday through Christmas Day (and the day after) with temperatures near the lower to mid 70s on the 25th and 26th.
See the KATC 10 Day Forecast for the latest.