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Warm start to the week/Storms arrive Friday into Saturday

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Posted at 4:45 PM, Jan 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-05 23:42:57-05
Eric's weather forecast part 1 01-05-20 10pm
Eric's weather forecast part 2 01-05-20 10pm

The warming trend continues for the start of the new work week as highs on Monday will top out in the lower 70s under a mix of sun and clouds.

Late Monday night into early Tuesday morning a fast moving cool front will sweep across Acadiana producing some clouds and maybe a couple sprinkles or drizzles.

The front will race off to the east by daybreak allowing for mostly sunny skies on Tuesday but it will be cool and breezy behind the front as highs will be about 10° cooler in the lower 60s.

The coldest air arrives Wednesday morning when lows dip into the mid to upper 30s.

Wednesday afternoon will be a nice winter day with lots of sunshine and slightly warmer temperatures in the mid 60s.

By Thursday winds will pick up out of the south pushing Gulf air over Acadiana pushing highs into the low to mid 70s, along with a few isolated showers.

Rain chances increasing to about 50-60% Friday as our next system inches closer to Acadiana.

Our best chance for widespread showers and storms will be Friday night into Saturday morning as the low pressure and trailing cold front swings through the Bayou state.

As this system moves through the area we will have a decent chance for severe weather.

The Storm Prediction Center has already hatched in most of Acadiana for a slight risk (15%) of severe storms capable of producing damaging wind gusts up to 60 mph and a few tornadoes anytime Friday evening until about lunchtime Saturday.

This is definitely a system we will have to watch closely as it has the look of a classic severe weather event and I understand why the Storm Prediction Center already wants to start getting people aware of this system.

Now with it still be 6 days out the exact specifics will need to be fine tuned but make sure you are staying with KATC for the latest and that you have a way to get weather alerts Friday night into Saturday morning when this system moves into Acadiana.

As for rainfall most of Acadiana will receive about 1-2 inches but that will be over a 36-48 hour span so flooding does not look to be a big concern.

Good news is most of the rain should push off to the east by noon on Saturday thus by the evening skies will be clearing with temperatures in the 50s and Sunday looks good with partly cloudy skies and highs in the mid 60s.