Gray skies and seasonably cool temperatures will continue for Acadiana Thursday, with yet another round of showers and occasional periods of rain later Thursday night into Friday morning.
Another upper disturbance in the Southwest will ride through the sub-tropical jet stream Thursday engendering a weak of area of low pressure to develop in the Gulf of Mexico Thursday night into Friday.
Look for temperatures Thursday to rise from the mid-40s in the morning into the upper 50s for the afternoon.
It could be a shade milder Thursday if a few intervals sun may bust through the clouds, primarily during the early afternoon hours.
A 60-70% chance of scattered light rain showers are expected to develop Thursday night ending Friday morning as the aforementioned low travels west to east and south of the Bayou State.
Rains look to end by mid-morning Friday with lingering clouds a good bet into Friday afternoon.
Rain totals with this next system will be quite light...likely closer to a tenth of an inch or less for most spots.
Temperatures Friday will top out in the upper 50s to perhaps lower 60s.
It finally begins to clear out (to a degree) Friday night with temperatures chilling down into the lower 40s (perhaps upper 30s to the north) by Saturday morning.
The weekend still looks rather favorable as high pressure dominates for a couple of days, but don't look for unabated sunshine...
There will be plenty of high clouds lingering in the area this weekend allow for dull sunshine Saturday and perhaps a little more direct sun anticipated Sunday.
While cool at night, temperatures this weekend will top out in the low-mid 60s Saturday and upper 60s to lower 70s Sunday.
Milder temperatures in the low-mid 70s are anticipated early next week along with a pretty good chance of scattered showers and storms Monday and Tuesday...and at some point, there may be some dynamics in place for a low end severe weather threat early next week.
Chillier conditions will return to the area later next week, but it does appear that clouds will continue to dominate outside of some partly sunny skies possible next Thursday.
See the KATC 10 Day Forecast for the latest.
Finally, in annual climatological news, our "normal" highs & lows in Lafayette have climbed out of their "dead-of-winter" numbers of 62 & 43 degrees, to 63 & 44 respectively.
So in spite of the cool temperatures of late, the dial now is beginning to swing ever so slowly toward spring!