Less rain, but colder for Lundi Gras and Mardi Gras

Dave Cohen, WWL First News early edition
February 12, 2018 - 6:18 am

The New Orleans area is drying out for the final couple of days of the Carnival celebration.

"We will not have as much rain across the area today and for Mardi Gras," WWL-TV Meteorologist Dave Nussbaum said. "The cold front has moved across SE Louisiana and will stall along the coast today. This will make it mostly cloudy with only a slight chance for a shower."

While we have less rain, we won't be as warm.

"It will be breezy and MUCH cooler with highs only in the mid to upper 50s. Tonight will remain mostly cloudy with a slight chance for a shower and lows will be in the lower to mid 50s. The weather looks pretty good for the parades."

Nussbaum says we get a bit warmer for our Fat Tuesday.

"The cold front will move back to the north over us on Tuesday, Mardi Gras. This will keep the clouds around with only a slight chance for a shower. It will be milder with highs in the upper 60s."

He says the weather shouldn't be bad for the parades all day.

Then Wednesday many people head to church for Ash Wednesday and out and about for Valentine's Day.

"The front will continue to move northward on Ash Wednesday with only a slight chance for a shower. It will be even warmer with highs in the mid 70s. Not bad weather for Valentine's Day!"

Here is Nussbaum's detailed forecast for the week...

TODAY - LUNDI GRAS:

Mostly cloudy and cooler with a 20% chance for showers. Highs around 56. Wind N 8-15 mph.

TONIGHT:

Cloudy and cool with patchy fog and a 10% chance for a shower. Lows around 56. Wind NE 5-10 mph.

TUESDAY – MARDI GRAS:

Mostly cloudy and mild with a 20% chance for stray showers. Highs around 68. Wind E/NE 5-10 mph.

WEDNESDAY – ASH WEDNESDAY/VALENTINE’S DAY:

Mostly cloudy and mild with a 20% chance for showers. Lows around 63. Highs around 74.

THURSDAY:

Partly cloudy and warmer. Lows around 64. Highs around 78.

FRIDAY:

Mostly cloudy and very mild with a 30% chance for spotty showers. Lows around 65. Highs around 76.

SATURDAY:

Mostly cloudy and cooler with a 20% chance for showers. Lows around 54. Highs around 63.

SUNDAY:

Sun & cloud mix and milder with a 20% chance for showers. Lows north around 49 and south around 54. Highs around 68.

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