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Milder than normal through Saturday; sharply cooler Sunday

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Posted at 5:37 PM, Jan 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-16 23:37:26-05
Rob's weather forecast 01-16-20 part 1 10pm
Rob's weather forecast 01-16-20 part 2 10pm

A weak frontal boundary that will push through Acadiana into Thursday evening will usher in slightly cooler temperatures Friday, but readings will still be some 10-15 degrees above normal.

Expect mild conditions through Saturday before a stronger front arrives bringing more January-like temperatures to the area for the several days that will follow into mid-next week.

In the near term, expect a few scattered showers into early Thursday evening (40%), followed by mostly breezy and slightly cooler conditions overnight through Friday morning.

Thanks to the front, fog won't be a problem overnight across the area.

Temperatures will drop into the mid-upper 50s for Friday morning.

Expect more clouds, and a few brief intervals of midday sun possible Friday with high temperatures in the upper 60s to lower 70s.

Rain chances will stay low Friday (near 10%), but should increase especially after midnight Friday night ahead of Saturday's front.

Look for milder temperatures and the possibility of fog to return to the Acadiana area Friday night before showers arrive toward the wee, predawn hours of Saturday.

Rain chances will likely increase to 40-50% Friday night with a 60% chance of scattered showers and perhaps a few thunderstorms Saturday.

No severe weather is expected with Saturday's front.

Highs Saturday will reach the low to mid-70s before sharply cooler air arrives by Sunday morning.

Temperatures Sunday will likely start out in the low-mid 40s and rise into the low-mid 50s for afternoon highs as clouds gradually scour out of the area.

A secondary surge of colder air will arrive early next week allowing for mostly sunny and chilly conditions Monday through early Wednesday.

Temperatures during the day will be in the low-mid 50s Monday and top out closer to the upper 40s Tuesday, while night-time lows dip into the lower to mid 30s Tuesday and Wednesday mornings.

It appears the coldest reading of next week should come Tuesday morning with temperatures ranging from the upper 20s to lower 30s across the area.

So prepare for just a light freeze (no pipe worries) for next week, and primarily for Monday night into Tuesday morning.

If we see freezing temperatures Tuesday morning it will only be the 5th time this winter with 3 freezes reported in November and just one in December.

And interestingly enough, the coldest readings of the season to date came in mid-November when temperatures dropped in the mid 20s!

Temperatures Tuesday night into Wednesday morning will be a trickier forecast as high clouds are expected to return to the area limiting how chilly we might get...for now we'll say the plants might need to be covered again Tuesday night with lows expected to range closer to the mid-30s.

Temperatures will moderate for the latter part of next week as the next weather-maker takes shape likely delivering a good chance of rain and some storms by Thursday night into early Friday.

As mentioned yesterday, there could be some sort of low end severe weather risk with the system later next week.

See KATC's 10 Day Forecast for the latest.