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Clouds arrive Friday then scattered showers this weekend

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Posted at 4:15 PM, Dec 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-19 23:40:07-05
Eric's weather forecast part 1 12-19-19 10pm
Eric's weather forecast part 2 12-19-19 10pm

This latest around of cold air is taking its sweet time retreating back to the north which will allow for one more morning with near freezing temperatures on Friday.

With lows dipping to near freezing again areas of patchy frost will be possible so keep the sensitive plants covered for one more night.

Friday will begin with times of sunshine before high clouds thicken over the region holding highs in the upper 50s to near 60.

Then as we move into the weekend the chance for a scattered showers will return to Acadiana.

As for how much rain we will see that is still to be determined as there is still a fair amount of uncertainty with the potential system that will develop in the Gulf this weekend.

The latest models, as of Thursday afternoon, are coming into slightly better agreement with the center expected to head towards the Big Bend region of Florida by Sunday morning.

What is still to be determined is how big of an area the showers will be around the center of low pressure and if those wrap around showers will be able to reach Acadiana.

We are right on the edge of most of the models of the rain shield from the system so I do believe parts of Acadiana will get some scattered showers beginning Saturday afternoon into the first half of Sunday.

Thus, if you have holiday plans this weekend or are just out doing some last minute shopping you might want to have the umbrella handy in the car.

Also, if you plan on maybe getting a jump on the holiday travels and are heading east know that you will likely run into more showers and gusty winds as you get closer to the center of the system.

Good news is high pressure builds over the southeast for the first half of next week setting up a nice and warm forecast for Christmas.

Highs on Monday will top out in the mid 60s under bright sunny skies while on Tuesday temperatures will push the upper 60s to near 70.

Christmas in Acadiana looks great with a mix of sun and clouds with highs in the lower 70s.

After Christmas clouds, along with the chance for a few stray showers, will return to the Acadiana but temperatures stay mild in the lower 70s.