Feb 11, 2013 7:21 PM by Rob Perillo
Periods of rain and thunderstorms will continue for Acadiana through Mardi Gras as an area of low pressure advances across the area through Tuesday afternoon.
Showers and storms will be mostly likely and there heaviest across the northern portions of Acadiana where rain totals will also likely by the highest.
There may be a very slight risk of a few severe storms overnight through midday Tuesday depending on the strength and orientation of the low pressure system that moves across the area.
The main severe weather threat would be in the form of some small hail, and perhaps damaging winds. The higher risk areas overnight would be closer to Central Louisiana and then Eastern Louisiana, including New Orleans through Tuesday afternoon/evening.
Any severe weather risk for Acadiana Tuesday will be dependant on whether the warm sector ahead of the low pressure system were to advance far enough inland for further destabilization of the atmosphere.
The bottom line is that occasional periods of rain and embedded thunderstorms will be likely through mid-Mardi Gras afternoon with activity getting lighter and tapering to patchy light rain/drizzle and mist into the evening hours.
Temperatures will range from the 50s Monday night into the mid-upper 60s Tuesday, but there may be a few spots along the coast and across eastern-most portions of Acadiana that could get into the lower 70s.
Cooler/drier weather will move in Wednesday with fair skies and slightly below normal temperatures expected through Friday.
Another front will arrive this weekend taking our temperatures down another notch with lows Sunday morning getting close to the low-mid 30s.
Milder weather and healthy rain chances should return by next Tuesday.