If you were hoping for great weather for the big week of Mardi Gras parades in New Orleans and Baton Rouge...


The National Weather Service forecasts rain much of the week and weekend for what is the most packed lineup of parades leading up to Mardi Gras Day.

In New Orleans, krewes begin rolling again Wednesday night, but there'll be  70 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 7 p.m., followed by a slight chance of showers as the evening progresses, according to the NWS. The forecast low is 48.

Thursday might be the driest day with partly cloudy skies at night and a low of 47.

Then, "Friday into the weekend is looking to be an active one," the NWS says, adding that there will likely be "multiple bouts of rain from Friday afternoon, through Monday morning."

Steady rainfall (nothing concerning) is the NWS' word. Some spots might pick up an inch of rain per day. 

What about early next week? It's too soon to tell. As the NWS points out, one computer model shows a cold front drying out the area. Another says that front will stall out, likely keeping wet weather around.