WEATHER WATCH: Mardi Gras is going to be cold

Published 12:48 pm Monday, February 12, 2024

A cold front has pushed through Southwest Louisiana, bringing along with it windy conditions.

A wind advisory is in effect through 6 p.m. tonight. Northwest sustained winds between 15 to 25 mph with gusts around 35 mph are forecast.

“Winds will decrease for Mardi Gras, with mostly sunny skies, although it will be rather seasonably cool,” said Joe Rua, lead forecaster with the National Weather Service’s Lake Charles office.

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Rua said a surface high pressure is building behind the cold front that will cause drier air and clearer skies.

Temperatures Tuesday are expected to be 39 degrees at 7 a.m., 45 degrees by 9 p.m., 57 at noon and reach as high as 61 by 3 p.m. before dropping back into the mid-50s for the parades.

The alcohol- and tobacco-free Mardi Gras in the Zone opens at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday with the Lake Charles Downtown Business Association block party set for noon-8 p.m. The Second Line Stroll will kick off at 1 p.m. followed by the Motor Gras Parade at 1 p.m. and the Krewe of Krewes Parade at 5 p.m.