This year the shopping event that is known as "Black Friday" won't be about throngs of people gathered outside a store in the wee small hours of the morning. Instead, many shoppers will choose to be where you are now, online. So, maybe a soggy and potentially severe weather forecast won't put a total damper on your retail recovery from Thanksgiving dinner.

But if you are one who prefers to do Christmas shopping when it "feels like Christmas" you might want to wait until Monday. A cold front will slide through the area late in the weekend and you are going to notice the drop in temperatures. By Monday we could be looking at low temperatures in the 30s. Which is quite a departure from morning temperatures in the 70s as we have had over the past few days.

Still, things could get bumpy before the big chill slides in.

While the risk for severe weather is there, it's really not that high. The Storm Prediction Center has placed the southern third of Louisiana in the "marginal risk" zone for strong to severe storms over the next 24 hours. While there will still be a threat of rain on Saturday, it does not appear as if the instability in the atmosphere will allow for thunderstorms to reach severe limits.

What might be more of an issue is rain. While we don't anticipate flooding rains several model solutions do suggest rainfall amounts of two to as much as five inches in several locations across Acadiana. KATC television's Dave Baker has a nice summation of what's going to happen and why on the KATC website.

And about the cooler weather, Dave isn't going quite as cold in his forecast as the National Weather Service is going. Still, by Monday you're going to want at least a light jacket. Some of us will opt for a full-blown parka. Look for temperatures to remain cool for much of the work week next week and then get cooler with some storms for next weekend.

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