Mardi Gras season parade spectators in the New Orleans area were enjoying temperatures in the 70s on Saturday (March 2) with just a 20 percent chance of afternoon showers. But the National Weather Service said thunderstorms were possible Sunday when the krewes of Okeanos, Mid-City and Thoth roll in Uptown New Orleans, and that the temperature will turn cold after Bacchus starts rolling that night.
The cold is forecast to stick around until Ash Wednesday.
Here’s the latest Carnival forecast for New Orleans from the weather service’s Slidell office:
- Saturday night - Lows in the mid-60s, 20 percent chance of showers.
- Sunday - Chance of thunderstorms in the morning and afternoon, 90 percent during the day. Highs in the mid-70s.
- Sunday night - Temperatures falling into mid-40s. Chance of showers and thunderstorms, winds approaching 20 mph.
- Monday - Party cloud skies, highs in mid-50s, winds as fast as 15 mph.
- Monday night - Cloudy, lows in upper 30s.
- Fat Tuesday - Partly cloudy then clearing, highs in the lower 50s.
- Mardi Gras night - Clear skies, lows in the upper 30s.
- Ash Wednesday - Sunny skies, highs in the lower 50s.