Acadiana's next weather-maker looks arrive New Year's Eve with a high chance of showers and storm s developing into Thursday, along with a potential severe weather risk.
In the near term, expect a generally fair and seasonably cool night into Tuesday morning with lows bottoming out in the upper
40s to near 50°.
Tuesday will bring a mixed bag of sun and clouds with the latter more prevalent during the afternoon.
It will be mild for December with temperatures Tuesday topping out near 70° with breezy SE/SSE winds near 10-15 mph during the afternoon.
It will stay breezy overnight into Wednesday with some quick-passing scattered showers during the day. Mild temperatures in the lower 70s are expected with even breezier conditions expected during the afternoon.
On Thursday and area of low pressure will develop along the Texas Coastal Plains and will move generally north-northeastward producing big rains to our west (and wintry precipitation farther west) and for Acadiana, more than likely a line of storms will develop.
Rain totals in Acadiana should be 1-2 inches or less, with models much more aggressive on rainfall to our west and northwest with this system.
Rain chances Thursday will increase to 90% with the Storm Prediction Center already acknowledging there could be a risk of severe storms from Louisiana on eastward Thursday.
It remains too soon to tell exactly when and where the greatest risk of strong storms will be on Thursday, so stay tuned...
The rain and storms will gradually taper into the night, but there will be no guarantees that the rain will end by the stroke of midnight to ring in the new year.
This storm system will be a significant weather-maker northward through the Midwest in the form of some locally heavy snows from Texas on northward, but there is no wintry precipitation forecast for our area any time soon (still another 6 weeks for that window).
Mostly sunny and seasonably cool temperatures will return to the area for our New Year's Day with highs in the 50s.
Another quick-system could cast more clouds, and maybe some rain showers in the area Saturday but Sunday is looking mostly sunny.
Look for chilly temperatures to continue this weekend with a gradual warm-up expected in the latter part of the 10 day forecast.
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