Apr 24, 2014 5:15 PM by Rob Perillo
While Acadiana will continue to enjoy a favorable weather pattern for Festival International a significant severe weather outbreak will likely occur this weekend in Tornado Alley.
Locally look for a continuation of fair to partly cloudy skies with mild overnight lows and warm daytime temperatures. Highs will persist in the mid-80s while evening hours will be in the very comfortable 70s.
Morning lows will likely be in the mid-upper 60s to near 70 by Sunday/Monday morning. Look for more clouds and some light fog during the next several mornings, but fair to partly cloudy skies will dominate during the afternoon hours.
Rain chances will likely stay in the 10% or less range through early Sunday, rising to near 20% Sunday afternoon.
Meanwhile a potent storm system will roll out of the Rockies this weekend with a classic set-up for a significant severe weather outbreak from Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, on northward by Sunday.
There may be some long-lived, long-tracked, strong tornadoes (EF2/3 and perhaps a few stronger) across portions of the nation's heartland Sunday while here in Acadiana we will only see our southerly winds increase and get gusty feeding the storms to our north.
This severe weather pattern will slowly translate eastward early next week with the opportunity of some strong storms (perhaps a severe weather threat) for Acadiana Monday into Tuesday of next week...cooler, drier conditions will advance into the region later next week.