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Winter chill returns for a couple of days

Posted at 5:37 PM, Feb 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-20 23:39:02-05

Following Acadiana's wet and rainy day Thursday, a winter chill will move back into the area for the next couple of days.

Look for rain shower and drizzle activity to end during the evening hours with clouds lingering until within a few hours of daybreak Friday.

All the while gusty northerly winds accompanied by lowering temperatures will make for a "full-tilt winter feel in the area.

Temperatures will be dropping into the mid-30s most areas by tomorrow morning, with readings as low as near the freezing mark in the northern parishes by daybreak Friday...so take care of the plants and pets!

Wind chills Friday morning will range from the low-mid 20s across the northern parishes of Acadiana, to the mid-upper 20s in most other areas...so bundle up!

Skies will clear early Friday morning with a mostly sunny, breezy and a cool day anticipated.

Highs Friday will range in the upper 40s to lower 50s in most locations...some 10-15 degrees below normal.

And with clear skies and light winds Friday night into Saturday morning, temperatures are expected to drop to near or slightly below freezing with readings in the upper 20s to lower 30s.

A heavy frost will be quite possible for most areas Saturday morning...but there should be no pipe worries.

Moving into the weekend look for more sunshine Saturday with highs in the mid-upper 50s followed by lows well above the frost zone, in the low-mid 40s Saturday night.

Sunday should be milder under partly cloudy skies with highs in the 60s.

While still unclear as to the timing, a front will approach the area for Lundi Gras (Monday) with the chance of showers. Temperatures Monday may top out in the lower 70s but look for some cooling into Tuesday...Mardi Gras.

A secondary colder front will likely push through the area Tuesday night with perhaps a few showers, but overall the forecast for Mardi Gras looks good with mostly sunny skies (wear the sunblock) and temperatures right on mark for the time of year, in the mid-60s.

Chillier conditions return for the latter part of next week and we may not be done with frosts as there could be the opportunity for chilly mornings again next Thursday and/or Friday mornings.

See the KATC 10 Day Forecast for the latest