Jan 29, 2014 8:09 PM by Rob Perillo
Lafayette tied a record cold reading of 24F degrees (1961) Wednesday morning after Acadiana's second winter weather event within a week...and Thursday morning's readings could threaten a record again, and will likely be a few degrees colder.
Readings will likely be in the lower 20s across many areas with upper teens possible in northern portions of Acadiana as clear skies, lighter winds combined with very dry air in place, all conspire for any surface heat to escape to space.
Temperatures rose above the freezing mark for 3-5 hours Wednesday afternoon and were already back below freezing by 600pm. This means our homes and buildings have been quite chilled with the risk of pipe-busting cold maximized through Thursday morning.
All precautions should be taken insulate or shut off exposed pipes.
Meanwhile, most roads in the area improved Wednesday afternoon with most of the recent ice melting and evaporating, but there will probably by a few icy patches lingering through Thursday morning, so caution is advised when traveling.
Fortunately milder temperatures are in store for Acadiana with highs reaching the lower 50s Thursday afternoon under sunny skies.
Southeasterly winds Thursday into Thursday night will insure Acadiana stays above freezing through Friday morning.
Partly cloudy skies and even milder conditions are expected Friday with highs in the mid-60s and temperatures should reach the lower 70s Saturday afternoon as some Caribbean air and clouds return to the region.
It will become unsettled Sunday through mid-next week as a stalling frontal boundary approaches the area.
Atmospheric waves will traverse along this front early next week ultimately engendering a good chance of rain and perhaps locally heavy thunderstorms, especially by Tuesday night.
Colder air will follow this system toward the end of next week and into the following weekend but how cold and whether it will stay dry in the cold remain in question.