Cover the plants and have a warm place for the pets over the next couple of nights as temperatures for Tuesday and Wednesday morning will be in the "frost-zone".
After a frosty start Tuesday with temperatures in the low-mid 30s area-wide, expect readings to climb back into the upper 50s in the afternoon.
And with less wind, it will feel definitively milder Tuesday afternoon under a sun and a high cloud mix.
Temperatures will drop into the mid-30s Tuesday night into Wednesday morning with frost a pretty good bet again.
Thereafter, a brief trend toward milder temperatures will occur with highs pushing back into the mid-60s Wednesday afternoon under sunny skies.
Clouds should return Thursday as winds become breezy out of a southerly component ahead of our next front.
Temperatures Thursday should reach the lower 70s.
Scattered showers are in the forecast with our next cold front starting Thursday night into Friday, and may continue into Saturday as the front becomes nearly stationary along our coast.
Another cold front will likely push through by Saturday night ushering some colder air into the region Sunday into Monday.
Yet another front, albeit with a better chance of showers and a few storms (and perhaps a solid soaking) associated with an area of low pressure will arrive next Tuesday.
Overall, it appears that Acadiana will be entering a period of mostly below normal temperatures and perhaps a few light freezes into the second week of February.
Lafayette has seen only 3 light freezes to date this winter.
It appears however, that the coldest arctic air of the season will be making a run at the U.S. in the 6-14 day time-frame.
But for now, Acadiana should just see brief, glancing blows and we are not expecting pipe-busting cold nor any winter weather systems locally.
And even though we're beginning to see buds on the trees (it's too early), definitely hold off on any spring plantings for the next couple of weeks!
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