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Winter chill continues a few more days

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Posted at 3:59 PM, Dec 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-17 23:44:48-05
Eric's weather forecast part 1 12-17-19 10pm
Eric's weather forecast part 2 12-17-19 10pm

Winter made a rude return to Acadiana today and it looks like the cool air will be sticking with us for a few days.

Lows tonight will dip to near freezing for all of Acadiana with feel like temperatures closer to the mid to upper 20s by Wednesday morning.

The good news is we will have bright sunny skies on Wednesday helping to warm things into the mid 50s during the afternoon.

However, it will still feel chilly in the shade or when the north breeze whips at 5-10 mph about during the day.

With clear skies and calm winds Wednesday night into Thursday morning everyone will see lows bottom out in the upper 20s to lower 30s.

A light freeze and frost is likely for all of Acadiana, so make sure you are protecting pets and sensitive plants.

Those that live north of the interstate might also want to cover their pipes to be safe.

Thursday will be another nice day with mostly sunny skies and highs topping out in the mid to upper 50s.

It wills be another chilly morning on Friday with lows in the low to mid 30s.

Clouds will increase across the region on Friday ahead of our next system for the weekend.

Right now there are still a lot of uncertainty concerning the weekend system as the models are having a hard time being consistent from run to run.

The issue is both long range models are hinting at a low pressure system developing in southern Gulf of Mexico on Saturday.

The low will then move north closer to the Gulf coast late in the day and into Sunday.

Right now most of the models have the center heading for the eastern Gulf with us on the back side getting a few wrap around scattered showers Saturday afternoon into the evening and maybe linger into Sunday.

Just like tropical systems we are going to have to wait and watch how the models do in the coming days for the actual center or low to develop before we know what will happen.

The models do agree this system will slide off to the east late Sunday setting up a nice forecast for Christmas.

Both Christmas Eve and Christmas look fantastic with mostly sunny skies and highs in the low to mid 70s.