Today is supposed to be a day of tradition, fun, parades and parties. It might turn out to be a day inside the house with a pot of gumbo on the stove and your favorite songs playing on the radio. Mother Nature is doing her best to be a great big Mardi Gras party pooper in a great big way.

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for Acadiana Parishes that are along and north of Interstate 10. The advisory suggests the potential of .10 of inch of ice accumulation between now and Noon. The biggest issue for travelers would most likely be the accumulation of ice patches on overpasses and bridges.

The current radar scan covering Acadiana shows a large area of precipitation from Lafayette extending south into the Gulf of Mexico and west into Southeast Texas. This rain shield was moving toward the northeast and should pass over Acadiana during the next several hours.  Temperatures at 3am were at or near the freezing mark in Lake Charles, Lafayette and Alexandria. Temperatures should rise above freezing by noon but afternoon high temperatures will struggle to get out of the 30's before nightfall.

As of 3am we have not received any notice of event or  parade cancellations but we will continue to monitor the situation through out the course of the day and bring you the latest information when it becomes available.