Acadiana's Mardi Gras will start off mostly cloudy and cool but will finish with some sunshine and milder temperatures for the latter part of the afternoon.
Anyone participating in early morning "Courirs" can expect chilly temperatures ranging from the upper 40s to lower 50s along with very muddy conditions thanks to the rains Monday.
Temperatures will gradually warm into the mid-upper 60s for the afternoon depending on when the clouds clear and the sun arrives, which will be occurring from west to east across the area during the afternoon.
A secondary, strong cool front will push through the area Tuesday night, perhaps generating a few light showers (30%), but all activity should end prior to daybreak Wednesday.
Temperatures will drop back to more winter-like numbers with lows Wednesday morning dropping into the mid-40s and only rising into the low to mid 50s Wednesday afternoon under partly cloudy skies.
Readings at night will drop back into the low-mid 30s for Thursday and Friday mornings with a light freeze possible northern parishes Thursday morning, and perhaps a frost for more areas going into Friday morning.
It does appear we'll be done with lower 30s after this week...but never say "never" in the weather world!
Sunny and cool days are expected Thursday and Friday with more sunshine and milder temperatures back into the mid-60s Friday afternoon. and upper 60s to perhaps lower 70s, returning for the weekend.
While sunny skies are expected Saturday look for partly cloudy skies to develop Sunday as high clouds run out ahead of our next weather-maker that looks to arrive Tuesday or Tuesday night.
The weather system early next week will likely bring gusty south winds Monday with the risk of a few showers, with storms becoming likely later into Tuesday.
The storm system next week may be accompanied by a severe weather threat as ample dynamics, and a favorable time of year look to be in place.
See the KATC 10 Day Forecast for the latest.