The early morning hours across South Louisiana have been misty and cool. That is about to change as the "polar express", not the movie, is about to pull into to town. The polar express is just a snazzy name for a very strong arctic cold front that will have many of us shaking in our shoes from the cold by supper time.

To give you an idea of the drastic changes we can expect with the temperatures at 2 AM this morning the temperature in New Iberia was 72 degrees. The temperature in Opelousas at 2 AM was 47, that's a 25 degree difference in less than 50 miles. Temperatures across the area will continue to drop quickly and a strong northerly breeze will make it feel even colder. Oh yeah, it's going to be raining too.

While the chances of frozen precipitation will be very minimal and confined to the extreme northern sections of Acadiana, all travelers are urged to take extra caution on the roadways today. The main concern for travelers along the I-10 and U.S. Highway 190 corridor will be rain, heavy at times, and gusty winds.

It does appear as though the cold wet weather will be settling in for the weekend with KATC's weather crew suggesting a high temperature on Saturday of only 40 and just slightly warmer for Sunday with a high of 48. There will also be a significant chance for showers both Saturday and Sunday too. This inclement weather could certainly put a damper on some of the  many Christmas events that are scheduled around the area this weekend.