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Good looking weekend; next weather-maker mid-week

Posted at 5:39 PM, Jan 31, 2020

After an extended period of clouds and precipitation across Acadiana this week, the sun will finally return and stay for most of the weekend.

Look for more clouds however, in the near-term overnight with temperatures dropping into the low to mid-40s in most areas.

And after some morning clouds, afternoon sun is anticipated, at least for the latter part of our afternoon Saturday.

Temperatures will stay cool Saturday with highs in the upper 50s to near 60F.

Expect chilly conditions with clear skies Saturday night, allowing our lows to drop into the upper 30s to lower 40s across the region.

Sunny skies and milder conditions are expected for Acadiana's Sunday with temperatures likely climbing into the mild lower 70s.

Unfortunately, clouds should return courtesy of the sub-tropical jet stream Monday with some rain chances developing into Tuesday.

Acadiana's next weather-maker should arrive in the sub-tropical jet by Wednesday, with a very good chance of showers and some strong thunderstorms.

Although this event is a fair bit down the road, the Storm Prediction Center already has the region hatched in for a "slight risk" of severe storms late Tuesday into Wednesday.

There could be a damaging wind and/or tornado threat as a low pressure system moves through the region Wednesday so stay tuned for more details on this potential "event" in the days ahead.

A fairly good soaking of an inch or two will be possible with next week's weather-maker, but due to the expected progressive nature of the storm system, no flood threat is anticipated at this time.

Temperatures early next week will be rather spring-like followed by cooler conditions after our mid-week weather system and accompanying cool front.

See the KATC 10 Day Forecast for the latest.

Climate notes: January 2020 in Lafayette wound up 5.6 degrees above normal and roughly 4 degrees milder than January of 2019.

The month was also a little wetter than normal but overall unremarkable other than a couple of bouts of severe weather that came with the much warmer than normal temperatures through mid-month.

There were no freezes reported in Lafayette for the month, with the coldest reading of 33 degrees on the morning of the 21st...that in itself, is rather unusual.