At midnight the official temperature report from Lafayette's weather station indicated an outside temperature of 68 degrees. By 3am that temperature had plummeted by more than 20 degrees in three hours. This large drop in temperature was the result of a passing cold front that brought a line of showers and thunderstorms through the area.

Rain chances will be in the forecast for at least the next several hours as the frontal system  pushes off to the east. The current radar scan shows most of the heavier activity is moving on toward Baton Rouge and New Orleans at this time.

The forecast for Lundi Gras calls for skies to be mostly cloudy with a few peeks of sunshine. For those gathering along the parade routes for Queen Evangeline's Parade tonight in Lafayette be sure to bring a jacket as the temperatures will most likely be in the 40's with a gusty northerly breeze.

The Mardi Gras forecast for Tuesday has not improved much since this weekend. Forecasters are still expecting cool temperatures with a chance of showers. The National Weather Service says rain chances will be about 50/50 for most of the area with afternoon temperatures not expected to get out of the 40's. Those arriving early on the parade routes Tuesday morning can expect temperatures right around the freezing mark.