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Winter continues through Wednesday then heavy rains on Thursday

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Posted at 4:26 PM, Dec 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-30 23:27:28-05
Eric's weather forecast part 1 12-30-19 10pm
Eric's weather forecast part 2 12-30-19 10pm

Get the heavy coats and jackets back out as lows Tuesday morning will dip into the mid to upper 30s.

Areas of patchy frost will be possible across northern portions of Acadiana and in rural areas meaning sensitive plants will need to be covered.

After the chilly start Tuesday should be another beautiful day with bright sunny skies however temperatures will stay on the cool side only topping out in the upper 50s to lower 60s.

If you plan to go out to ring in 2020 you are going to want to dress warm as temperatures will be hovering near the low to mid 40s at midnight.

Clouds will slide over Acadiana on New Years Day making for a gloomy and cool day as highs will once again only top out in the upper 50s.

Late Wednesday night the leading warm front of a low pressure system in the Gulf will swing onshore producing the first round of scattered showers.

As the low moves over Acadiana Thursday morning that is when should see our heaviest rains and a few storms.

Scattered showers will continue for much of the day as a trailing cold front will still be draped over Acadiana Thursday afternoon.

Late Thursday night into Friday morning the rain should finally taper off as the front pushes to the east.

Models are still all over the place when it comes to exact rain totals but it is very likely all of Acadiana will pick up 1-3 inches of rain, while a few isolated spots could receive higher amounts.

Minor street flooding and flooding in low lying areas will be possible but I am not expecting much flooding overall as the rivers and bayous are running low after a relatively dry fall.

Also, what should help is the fact that this will be a long duration event with rains falling over about a 24 hour span, so the drains for the most part should be able to keep up with the rains that do fall.

The good news is a long stretch of dry weather is expected behind this event which will allow things to dry out.

Friday actually looks pretty good with lots of sunshine by the afternoon and comfortable temperatures in the mid to upper 60s.

A secondary cool front will swing through Friday night bring slightly cooler temperatures for the weekend.

Highs Saturday and Sunday will be in the low 60s with overnight lows in the upper 30s to lower 40s.