After a Tuesday morning winter chill for Acadiana Tuesday, look for milder afternoon temperatures with a slow warm-up continuing for the rest of the week and into the weekend.
Temperatures at daybreak Tuesday will generally range from the upper 30s across the northern-most Acadiana Parishes to lower 40s elsewhere.
Although the ground temperatures still have a fair bit of residual warmth, there is still a small chance there could be some patchy frost across portions of rural Acadiana Tuesday morning, so you may want to go ahead and cover the most sensitive vegetation Monday night, just in case.
Full sunshine will continue for the area Tuesday allowing for afternoon temperatures to climb back into the lower 70s.
While high pressure will remain the dominant feature in our local weather through the end of the week, this system will be sliding eastward gradually allowing for a return of southeasterly winds and the milder temperatures to continue into the weekend.
Look for daytime highs to gradually migrate into the mid-upper 70s later this weekend and in the lower 80s this weekend into at least early next week.
See the KATC 10 Day Forecast for the latest.
Meanwhile in the tropics, as with many hurricanes of late and after another rapid intensification cycle, Hurricane Eta has strengthened to a Category 4 storm with 130mph winds.
The storm is expected to be packing 150mph winds prior to landfall overnight or early Tuesday.
Eta will rapidly weaken in the mountains of Nicaragua and Honduras through mid-week but a part of the remnant system is forecast by the models to reemerge in NW Caribbean by this weekend with re-intensification and more tropical trouble to ensue into next week.
For days the GFS and Euro Models have been depicting this scenario with a looping system for several days followed by eventually the potential of some sort of Southeast/Eastern Gulf threat including the possibility of some impacts to state of Florida...but if when, and in what shape or form, will remain impossible to call for more than the next week.
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