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Dreary pattern continues with on and off showers

Posted: 4:22 PM, Feb 20, 2019
Updated: 2019-02-20 23:45:26-05

A relatively quiet evening for Acadiana as it will be cloudy and cool with temperatures holding in the mid 50s with the slight chance for a few isolated light showers, especially down towards the coast.

After midnight a warm front will lift out of the Gulf and over Acadiana producing a good chance for scattered showers and a few thunderstorms.

Here is a look at the latest Predictive Radar

 

The front will continue to lift to the north Thursday lowering rain chances down to 30% during the day with temperatures climbing into the lower 70s as winds flip back out of the ESE, although northern parishes look to remain on the cooler side as the warm air might only make it to about highway 190 corridor.

Back to Spring-like temperatures Thursday afternoon

The gloomy pattern lingers into Friday with lots of clouds and a slight chance for a few hit or miss showers.

The bigger story Friday is with winds picking up out of the SSE at 10-15 mph pushing warm air over Acadiana highs will top out in the upper 70s to near 80.

We have a good shot of maybe seeing our first 80 of the season on Friday

For the Mardi Gras parades on Saturday things are looking a little iffy as a cold front will be swinging through the region producing scattered showers and possibility a few thunderstorms.

The latest Euro model now has the front arriving during the afternoon around 2-7 PM which means a few showers could be in the area for the end of the early parades and the start of Rio.

Cold front to bring scattered showers and a few thunderstorms Saturday afternoon

So, just to be safe bring the rain gear but right now I do not expect any parade to be a complete washout.

Once the front clears the region Saturday evening skies should gradually clear setting up a nice Sunday with lots of sunshine and slightly cooler temperatures as highs fall into the mid to upper 60s.

We finally get a full day of sunshine on Sunday

As for the following week it looks like we go back to an unsettled El Nino pattern with lots of clouds and slight rain chances each day but like this week showers will be fairly light and will be more of the hit or miss variety.

Here is a look at the latest long range European Model: