Clouds overnight have kept the temperatures up a few degrees. Most areas are hovering in the upper 30s to near 40 degrees. If the skies would have cleared, most of the region could have dropped to near freezing. Clouds are expected to slowly break up today giving way to some sunshine. If the clouds move out fairly early, we'll hit the mid to upper 50s. If they're slow to clear, we could hover closer to 50 for highs. No rain is expected today.
Overnight, skies will remain partly to mostly cloudy. A sprinkle is possible, but not likely. Saturday should be rather mild as clouds will gradually fill the skies. Chances for rain should hold off until Saturday night. Sunday we'll be anticipating the cold front, which should pass through sometime during the afternoon. Temperatures may briefly climb during the morning, but blustery winds will gust in from the north with rain fairly likely during the morning. Temperatures will start in the upper 40s and drop from there. Lows New Year's morning will dip to near 30 with upper 20s over the northern sections. Some precipitation will be in the area as temperatures drop below freezing, so some travel issues could bring problems for drivers for a short period of time early Monday.
Temperatures won't be climbing much New Year's Day. It looks like most of the region will stay below 40 degrees. The deep freeze slides in Monday night. Temperatures will drop into the lower 20s with wind chills in the teens. A hard freeze is expected over all areas, with northern sections possibly dipping below 20 degrees. Pipes will need protection for this type of freeze, and preparations should be done this weekend. The cold temperatures will stick around for the rest of next week with highs in the 40s and lows in the 20s each night through Friday.
Models have backed off on any winter type precipitation Tuesday into Wednesday. Both the European and the GFS models keep precipitation over the Gulf of Mexico.
I-10 East was shut down early this morning in Sulphur after a man climbed up onto a roadway sign. According to KPLC, the man has surrendered to police.
An endangered sea turtle has been found dead on an Alabama beach with a beach chair string tangled around its neck.
La Porte Police have identified two men who died in the crash of an experimental aircraft this weekend.
A homeowner in St. Mary Parish held a burglary suspect at gunpoint early Sunday morning after he caught the juvenile armed with a gun in his vehicle.