Freezing rain expected this morning
LAFAYETTE — Acadiana is in for what could be a cold and icy Mardi Gras, but Lafayette’s parades were still set to roll as of Monday evening.
Lafayette residents likely will awake to freezing rain and temperatures hovering around 31 degrees, according to a forecast from the National Weather Service in Lake Charles.
NWS meteorologist Donald Jones said the freezing rain could begin as early as 3 a.m. but will be “really ramping up” by 7 a.m., continuing to about noon, when it gives way to rain as temperatures rise a bit.
The freezing rain is not expected to be heavy, but it could be enough to make some bridges and overpasses impassable, Jones said.
The weather is not expected to affect Lafayette’s planned Mardi Gras parades, Lafayette police spokesman Cpl. Paul Mouton said.
The final decision on whether parades roll will be made Tuesday, but he said it likely would take lightning and severe thunderstorms to shut down festivities.
Three parades are scheduled Tuesday in Lafayette, starting with King Gabriel’s Parade at 10 a.m., followed by the Lafayette Mardi Gras Festival Parade at 1 p.m. and the KADN/KLAF Independent Parade at 2 p.m.
Mardi Gras events and family activities will also be held all day at the King’s Court in Parc Sans Souci downtown and at The Mardi Gras Show at Clark Field.