Severe weather watches and warnings were the norm for much of Acadiana through the  night time hours. Things have calmed down and cooled down considerably since the passage of a cold front through the area.

Much of the state was placed under a tornado watch for Thursday evening. By the time Friday morning arrived most of the stormy weather had moved well to the east and the cool northerly breeze had begun to drop temperatures.

At midnight the observed temperature in Lafayette was 65 degrees. That had dropped to 57 by the 2am observation. Temperatures will continue to fall through the morning hours until sunrise. The forecast calls for an abundance of sunshine for Friday.

This bodes well for revelers who plan on taking part in the Krewe of Andalusia Mardi Gras Parade scheduled for New Iberia this evening. Saturday's parades, CarencroKrewe des Chien and Krewe of Carnivale in Rio, should also have dry conditions for revelers as well. There will be a slight chance of showers in the forecast for Saturday night.

Sunday for the Mardi Gras parade in Scott there will be a chance of showers and slightly warmer temperatures. Here is the way meteorologist Dave Baker sees the next 8 days of weather playing out in Acadiana.