A winter chill and plenty of pesky cloud cover will continue for Acadiana into the weekend with our next weather-maker to bring cold rains and perhaps a wintry mix not too far away Sunday night.
In the near term, expect a continuation of cloudy, breezy and chilly conditions with lows by morning ranging from the upper 30s to lower 40s.
The clouds may stay around for most of our Friday, with the chance of some intervals of sun developing for the latter part of the afternoon.
Highs Friday will depend on the extent of the cloud cover, with the range likely in the upper 40s to lower 50s.
Breezy northerly winds will insure that our wind-chills stay closer to the lower 40s Friday.
Skies may try to clear Friday night, and if they do, our temperatures will bottom out in the lower 30s Saturday morning...a light freeze may be possible, especially for the northern and western Acadiana parishes where skies have the best chance to clear.
Moving into the weekend, we may still be dealing with pesky stratiform clouds early Saturday, but partial sunshine is certainly possible for the afternoon, and then again into early Sunday.
Afternoon temperatures this weekend will stay in the chilly upper 40s to lower 50s while night-time lows stay in the low-mid 30s.
Clouds will begin to increase late Sunday ahead of our next weather-maker.
The pattern gets more interesting into Sunday night with a low pressure system moving into the Gulf of Mexico. This will bring some significant snows to portions of Texas before heading toward mainly Northern Louisiana Sunday night into Monday morning.
While it appears it will be too warm to support any kind of significant winter precipitation here in Acadiana, it would not be surprising to see the rain that develops Sunday evening start out with a light sleet and/or snow mix.
It will be too warm on the ground for any kind of winter accumulations with temperatures holding in the mid-upper 30s.
Mostly rain will fall Sunday night into Monday, but as the precipitation begins to wind down early Monday, there could be some light snow or snow flurries edging into Acadiana, especially the northern parishes...again no significant accumulations are expected for now. Any precipitation should end midday Monday.
Farther north, into Northern Louisiana, the risk of snow will be higher with some accumulations possible into Monday especially along the I-20 corridor.
The Euro Model is most aggressive with the possibility of accumulating snow in North Louisiana while the GFS is going for closer to a possible dusting.
A weather system to watch for the weekend for future updates!
Moving into next week it's looking dry and cold for the first half with moderating, milder temperatures toward the end of the week and into the following weekend.
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