- Associated Press - Sunday, February 15, 2015

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Predictions of nasty weather Monday and on Fat Tuesday itself prompted Houma authorities to move three parades scheduled on those days up to Sunday, so four were rolling.

That was the number already scheduled Sunday in New Orleans, with two more Monday night and four on Mardi Gras.

Parades in both cities were still rolling at dusk, but had done so without incident, police said.

New Orleans announced Sunday that Monday’s parades will roll 75 minutes earlier than originally planned to try to avoid the rain, with the first stepping off at 4 p.m. instead of 5:15 p.m.

There’s a 90 percent chance of rain late Monday afternoon and into the evening, with daytime temperatures in the lower 70s across southeast Louisiana, National Weather Service meteorologist Phil Grigsby said Sunday.



There’s also a chance of isolated thunderstorms when the cold fronts move through in late afternoon and evening, he said.

“We’re not expecting any severe weather, but we could get some rumbles of thunder, some lightning and brief, heavy rain with any of those areas,” he said.

The front will come through the Baton Rouge area late Monday morning and in the afternoon, but should have passed through by late afternoon, he said.

Grigsby said temperatures were expected to drop to the low to mid 30s about daybreak Tuesday in the Baton Rouge area and north shore of Lake Pontchartrain, and in the upper 30s and lower 40s across the Louisiana coast, including the parishes south of Lake Pontchartrain.

There’s a chance of lingering isolated showers around daybreak Tuesday in New Orleans, but areas farther north should be completely dry by then, he said.

“The highs are going to struggle to reach into the upper 40s in the afternoon,” and Tuesday will be windy, with gusts up to 25 mph.

“At least it’s not going to be as cold as last year. Last year was cold and rainy. This year at least it will be dry,” he said.

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