If you ever watched the Christmas television classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer then you know just how bad the weather can get on Christmas Eve. In the holiday classic story, Santa's sleigh was guided by a reindeer with a brilliantly lit red nose. That extra light made it possible for Santa to make his deliveries without interruption despite the awful weather.

A storm of such epic proportions should not be in the offing for Christmas Eve in South Louisiana next Tuesday. In fact, forecasters with the National Weather Service Office in Lake Charles and the meteorologists in the Storm Team 3 Weather Lab are suggesting that Santa might be able to put his sleigh on cruise control for the flight into the bayous.

The forecast for Tuesday, December 24th is currently calling for temperatures to be seasonable. That means a high temperature near 70 degrees. Skies on Christmas Eve should be mostly sunny.

There will be a few clouds streaming into Acadiana during the dark hours of Christmas Eve. They should provide just enough cover for Santa to make his clandestine deliveries without fear of discovery.

Christmas Day should dawn cloudy and quiet. The early morning temperature on Christmas Day should be near 50 degrees at sunrise. The rest of the day should be rain-free but with only peeks of sunshine. The afternoon high temperature on Christmas Day will be about 72.

Oh, if you happen to be traveling by car on Christmas Eve, this forecast will apply to you too. It's not just for those who traverse the night via animal-powered sleigh. Wherever your travels take you, we wish for you the safest of journeys and the most Merry of Christmases.