WEATHER BLOG: Rain returns this week, winter could make a return in the long-term

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An awesome day for today with highs in the 60s and mostly sunny skies. Chilly temperatures in the forecast for tonight as readings could dip down into the lower 40s by tomorrow morning. Mostly sunny skies are anticipated again tomorrow, but clouds will begin to increase tomorrow night and Tuesday and as moisture increases in the atmosphere. 

A warm front will lift northward across the area on Tuesday, leading to widespread clouds and scattered showers. A quasi-stationary front will be present across the region Wednesday through Friday, along with an active jet stream ahead and ample moisture. This will lead to consecutive days of scattered showers Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday as rain chances are expected to be in the 40-50% range. Heavy rainfall is not anticipated, but things could remain soggy again through much of the week. 

A stronger push of energy aloft will help a pretty strong cold front work across the area by Saturday. This will give us another storm chance Saturday afternoon, followed by a blast of colder air coming in Saturday night and Sunday. 

LONG-TERM: Models definitely showing a pattern change by the beginning of next week and through the first week of March. Several pieces of cold air will be invading the U.S. from Canada, moving down into the southeastern U.S. Both the GFS and European models agree with highs in the upper 40s/lower 50s by the early parts of next week with lows possibly getting into the low-mid 30s once again! This is still 7-10 days out though, so things can change. It is a sign, however, that winter may not be done with Acadiana just yet. We can actually still get strong fronts around here as late as April. 

~Meteorologist Trevor Sonnier

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