The wild weather is coming
Wild weather swings are forecast for Acadiana with spring-like temperatures and a few scattered showers Wednesday, driving rain and embedded thunderstorms Thursday, followed by a sharp return to wintry cold Thursday night.
In the short term, with mild air, decreasing winds, a more humid air mass and temperatures in the lower 60s, sea/sea fog is expected to develop overnight and progress inland over a good part of Acadiana by Wednesday morning.
A few scattered showers will be possible in the area overnight (30%) from tonight to tomorrow (40%), the best chance for activity appears to be in the afternoon.
Temperatures on Wednesday will peak in the mid-70s, mild and springlike.
The chance of rain should not exceed 40-50% on Wednesday, but will reach nearly 100% very late Wednesday night into Thursday.
Showers and thunderstorms with periods of steady rain are expected on Thursday, with the chance of rain approaching 100%.
While there is a good spread of model guidance, the possibility of an inch or two of rain is expected on Thursday, with a few places likely to receive more…and by the same token some areas may see less a thumb.
The weather will return to winter on Thursday with possible temperatures near 70° in the morning but likely falling into the upper 30s in the evening, and the lower 30s will come Friday morning.
Most of the rain will diminish as colder air moves into Acadiana, but KATC’s latest GRAF model continues to hint at a low chance of light winter mixing Thursday evening through Friday morning… however, it will be unfavorable for something important to fall, and there will be no accumulations or travel problems.
Cloudy skies will persist through Friday with high temperatures likely struggling to reach 40 degrees.
And speaking of temperatures, taking the wind into account, wind chills will likely fall into the lower 20 degrees from Thursday night through Friday morning, with chills likely staying in the upper 20 degrees to lower 30 degrees most of Friday. !
Further north, the same system affecting Acadiana this week appears to be becoming a major snowstorm for much of the central United States to the northeast.
And south of where the snow is falling, areas of crippling freezing rain and ice accumulations will be likely…fortunately, the Acadiana will miss all of that!
The extended forecast through the weekend looks cold and dry with a very slow moderating trend into next week…some additional frosts will be possible based on our latest 10 day forecast.
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