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Showers on the way tonight; colder weather to follow

Posted at 4:27 PM, Jan 06, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-06 23:26:23-05

We saw mostly cloudy skies across the area today as temperatures climbed into the mid and upper 60s.

Showers and storms are already setting up in Texas ahead of our next cold front.

All of this activity will pushing eastward as the evening and night progress.

There was a severe thunderstorm watch in effect for portions of SE Texas as the line pushed through that area, but the line itself is expected to weaken a bit as it approaches the Acadiana region.

We will see scattered showers and a few rumbles of thunder tonight as the front pushes through, but severe weather is not expected.

Regardless, some gusty winds may accompany a few embedded thunderstorms within the main line of showers.

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Time frame for these showers is 10pm-3am.

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Rainfall estimates are in the .5-.75" range.

The bulk of this activity will push out of here by daybreak on Thursday morning.

Temperatures will be in the mid-40s and it will remain pretty chilly throughout Thursday afternoon with highs only getting into the lower 50s with lingering cloud cover in place.

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Cold start to Friday with lows in the upper 30s to lower 40s.

Clouds will linger throughout most of Friday, but we will hold out hope that at least some gradual clearing will take place late in the day.

It will stay chilly as highs struggle to get out the 40s.

The chilly pattern will stick with us as we head into the weekend.

Lows will start out in the lower to mid-30s on Saturday morning with mainly to partly sunny skies expected throughout Saturday afternoon as highs settle into the lower 50s.

In other news, although we are several days out there appears to be a chance of wintry precipitation for portions of Louisiana moving into Sunday and Sunday night.

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The upper-level forecast profiles support snow aloft (usual for winter) but with a melting layer near 3-5 thousand feet in Acadiana...but farther northwest, temperatures may be closer to freezing near the surface which could allow for some accumulations mainly north of Acadiana into western, central and the northern part of the state.

This IS NOT an accurate forecast and will change in the days ahead...nonetheless, locally expect cold rains in Acadiana with the possibility of some snowflakes or sleet mixed in with the onset of rains sometime Sunday, mostly all rain into Sunday evening, then perhaps some flakes mixed in with the rain as it ends Sunday night or Monday morning.

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We are NOT expecting any kind of roadway accumulations, and yes, school is on for Monday!

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We are still a few days out and small details in the forecast are LIKELY going to change, so we will be watching the pattern closely in the days ahead.

You'll want to make sure to stay with the katc storm team for the very latest.

Cold conditions look to stay with us as head into the first parts of next week with lows in the 30s and highs mainly in the 40s and 50s.

We say goodbye to the 60s for now... Time to get the jackets ready to go!