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Gloomy finish to week; cool sunshine this weekend

Posted at 5:38 PM, Jan 02, 2020

Showers and storms will remain likely for Acadiana into Thursday night with a gradual end to any severe weather threat around midnight...but a good chance of scattered of showers and storms will continue until daybreak Friday.

Latest doppler here.

Some storms into early this evening may be capable of producing damaging winds, or perhaps a quick isolated tornado spin-up, as upper level wind shear will be strong and lower level conditions remain unstable until a wind shift arrives around midnight with the first of two fronts that will be pushing through the area.

Additional rain totals of another 2-4" could be possible in spots, with most of us seeing 1-2" or less through Friday morning.

Some localized street flooding was occurring as of late Thursday afternoon across portions of Jeff Davis, Acadia and most especially, Evangeline Parish where up to 5-7" could be possible in spots.

It should be noted, that the models have been underplaying the rain totals Thursday...by more than 1/2 of the amounts that have fallen to date/time!

Localized street flooding will be possible elsewhere across Acadiana into this evening just about anywhere where 1-2" of rain may fall in less than an hour's time.

Moving into Friday, rain chances should lower significantly with the chance (20-40%) of scattered, mainly shower activity, while skies remain rather dreary...there could be a few breaks in the clouds midday but expect overcast conditions and the chance of scattered showers to continue into Friday evening before a more definitive cool front pushes through the area Friday night.

Some fog, and certainly low cloud ceilings, will be also be possible (in spite of models not showing this clearly) anytime Thursday night through Friday evening.

Skies will clear and seasonably cool temperatures are expected for the weekend.

The longer range weather pattern looks quiet for Monday, with another quick front arriving with some rain chances overnight Monday into early Tuesday.

The next substantial weather-maker for Acadiana should arrive Friday and/or Saturday...consult the KATC 10 Day Forecast for the latest.