Apr 25, 2014 5:40 PM by Rob Perillo
Great weather will continue for our Festival International Saturday, but a change will be in the air Sunday...and that air will be accompanied by gusty southerly winds.
Expect mostly sunny and warm conditions for Acadiana's Saturday with highs topping out in the mid-80s. A nice southerly breeze will develop during the latter part of the afternoon into the early evening hours.
The wind will crank-up out of the south Sunday with sustained winds 15-25mph with gusts over 30mph during the afternoon.
Those strong southerly winds will be feeding into a developing widespread severe weather event in the Plains Sunday, right in the heart "Tornado Alley".
Large, strong, long-tracked tornadoes will be possible across a large area outlined by the Storm Prediction Center for much of the Plains States into portions of Louisiana Sunday into Sunday night.
It will be likely that the risk of severe weather will slowly spread south and eastward early next week putting Acadiana in this zone perhaps as early Sunday evening/night and continuing possibly through Wednesday.
Although the details are difficult to ascertain at this time there will be a slight risk of a strong thunderstorm Sunday (tentatively set at 20%), with increasing chances of showers and potentially severe storms Monday through early Wednesday.
Storms containing damaging, isolated tornadoes, and eventually large hail will be possible in the northern & western part of Louisiana Sunday with much of the state more than likely enveloped in a "slight risk" of severe weather through at least Tuesday night, perhaps into early Wednesday.
The weather pattern should settle and cool somewhat later next week.
Enjoy this weekend's weather but be aware of forecast conditions Sunday and beyond as portions of Acadiana (especially to the north and west) may finish the weekend under a "tornado watch".