Apr 15, 2014 10:55 AM by Dave Baker
A blustery day ahead Tuesday as unseasonably cold air rushes toward the Gulf Coast. Sunny skies are expected for most of the day, but because the cold air mass is still pushing in, temperatures won't recover much from early morning lows. The coldest high temperature on record for today is 61 degrees back in 1928. Lows are forecast to drop to 37 tonight, which would break the Lafayette record of 38 for Wednesday, also set in 1928.
A wind advisory remains in effect today as gusts could reach 30mph. Winds will gradually subside this afternoon and evening. The air is very dry and can cool off relatively easy. As the winds lighten up, cooling becomes even easier! With dew point temperatures in the low 30s, and lighter winds, the temperature will try to reach those dew point levels. So temperatures are forecast to drop to near freezing in central Louisiana. Frosty conditions could reach US 190. Temperatures should remain between 35-39 along and south of US 190 with 40s at the immediate coast.
Because of the threat of patchy frost, those with spring plants should make every effort to protect those most susceptible. The latest freeze ever in Lafayette was April 13, 1940. For Lake Charles it was April 26, 1910. Alexandria's latest freeze record is April 25, 1910. New Iberia's record is March 31, 1987. Although records for New Iberia only go back to 1948, it's probably likely New Iberia has seen a freeze in April prior to 1948.