Plenty of sunshine accompanied by milder temperatures are on tap for Acadiana through Thursday, but an approaching frontal system will usher in cloudy conditions Friday followed by rain chances Friday night into Saturday, and more likely now, into Sunday.
In the near term, look for clear and chilly conditions overnight through Wednesday morning with temperatures ranging from the lower 40s along and south of the I-10 corridor to the mid-upper 30s across the northern-most portions of Acadiana.
Most of us will stay above the "frost-zone" into Wednesday morning, but patchy frost may be possible closer to Central Louisiana.
After the chilly start Wednesday, expect a mild afternoon with temperatures climbing into the lower 70s under full sunshine.
It won't be as chilly Wednesday night into Thursday morning with temperatures holding mostly in the mid-upper 40s.
More sunshine is anticipated Thursday with a few clouds possibly arriving by late in the day. Temperatures Thursday will top out in the balmy mid-70s.
Clouds and southerly winds will increase Friday ahead of a frontal system that has potential to stall over the region this weekend.
Look for showers and perhaps an isolated thunderstorm to develop Friday night with lingering showers a good bet at least until early Saturday.
The forecast gets murky Saturday night into Sunday with the possibility of a wave of low pressure to form along the slow-moving frontal system which could bring the chance of soaking rains and embedded thunderstorms to the area.
The Euro Model has been trending wetter for Acadiana this weekend, with the GFS keeping it dry Sunday...however, the change today is now that the German "ICON" Model and the Canadian Models support the Euro, so our forecast is leaning that way.
Rainfall this weekend is expected to generally be light, likely less than an inch Friday night into Saturday, but per the Euro, we could see a good soaking with a couple of inches of rain into Sunday.
Organized severe weather is not expected with this weekend's system, but it would not be surprising to see a few isolated areas where some small hail may form in response to the colder temperatures aloft that will be moving in Sunday.
Temperatures this weekend will initially by mild Saturday but the rains Sunday should be significantly cooler...in the 50s and dropping.
Following this weekend's weather-maker it appears that we will see a brief winter chill with the chance of a light freeze Monday night into Tuesday.
The 10-day forecast beyond Saturday may be subject to change, but a changeable pattern is what is to be expected for the months of December and January.
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