Yesterday Mother Nature served up a splendid day for UL Baseball, Le Festival de Mardi Gras a' Lafayette and Mardi Gras Parades in Lafayette, Youngsville and Lake Fausse Point. Today, the daylight hours should be fine but those venturing out after sunset should keep a close eye on the sky and an ear on the radio.

An approaching frontal system that is currently pushing through far west Texas should begin to affect Acadiana's weather by early this evening. The timing of the forecast suggests that rain and thunder storms could move into the western sections of Acadiana by as early as 9pm. There is a potential for strong gusty winds, frequent lightning and even storms reaching severe intensity.

The good news is the rain and thunder storms should move out of the area during the overnight hours and Monday morning will only have some light sprinkles remaining. The bad news is the high temperature on Monday should only reach 48 degrees. The even worse news is that the clouds, the cold and a slight risk of rain should remain in the area for Mardi Gras Day. The current forecast high for Fat Tuesday is only 44 degrees.

Wednesday and Thursday are currently forecast to be gloomy and gray with a chance of showers but temperatures slowly moderating. By Friday Acadiana should get a nice healthy dose of sunny weather with high temperatures reaching the middle 60's