Since the middle of last week forecasters with the Storm Prediction Center have been contemplating a severe weather event across the Southern United States. Portions of Louisiana could be included in that severe weather threat if the forecast models hold true and the timing of the motion of a strong cold front remains constant.

The cold front and low pressure system is currently bringing blizzard conditions and heavy snowfall to the Rockies and western Great Plains. As this system moves to the east today the accompanying energy will be responsible for showers, thunderstorms, and the potential for severe weather across parts of Louisiana.

Early this morning fog was the biggest weather issue for the southern part of the state. While gusty winds were the bigger issue in the northern sections of Louisiana. A lake wind advisory has been posted for much of the area along and north of I-20. A dense fog advisory is posted for areas along and south of I-10 in coastal Louisiana.

By tonight showers and thunderstorms associated with that strong upper level system and trailing cold front will begin to push into Louisiana from the northwest. This system will not be a prodigious rain producer for northern sections of the state but will usher in much colder temperatures by Wednesday morning.

For the southern sections of the state the chances of rain and severe weather are more likely during the day Tuesday and into Tuesday night. Rain chances will be the best for Tuesday afternoon and early Tuesday evening. Cooler weather will push in behind the front for Wednesday as well.

Perhaps the best news as far as weather is concerned is the outlook for the Mardi Gras weekend. Almost all sections of the state will be rain free for the latter part of the week into Fat Tuesday. This should mean that most parades and Mardi Gras celebrations should not be affect by weather.