Another foggy start to the morning, as visibility has once again dropped to 1/4 mile over many areas. Light mist and drizzle will accompany the fog. Travel issues will be likely this morning through the mid morning hours and a dense fog advisory is posted. Temperatures are quite warm this morning with most areas in the upper 50s and lower 60s. This time of the year we should be dropping to near 40 for overnight lows. After the fog lifts, we should continue to see mostly cloudy skies with widely scattered light rain showers during the day. High temperatures should reach the lower 70s.
A cold front noted across the middle part of the country stretching from the Great Plains southward into Texas will march eastward today. It appears the front will reach western Louisiana very late this afternoon. Ahead of the front a decent line of thunderstorms is forecast. These storms will reach the Lake Charles area around the afternoon drive time period. Low pressure over northern Louisiana will strengthen this evening so storms will likely hold together as they push east. Lafayette should see the storms roll through during the evening time period, with the storms exiting the region before midnight. Expect up to an inch of rain with these storms. A few storms could produce gusty winds, but widespread severe weather isn't a concern at this time.
As the front pushes through, blustery conditions will slide in. Clouds won't clear until early Friday, but temperatures will drop into the low 40s by Friday morning. Temperatures will probably drop a few degrees during the morning, but with some sunshine Friday afternoon, we may be able to recover to 45 or so. Winds will be gusting out of the northwest at 20-25 mph, so wind chills will be in the 30s all day. Friday night, we can expect clear skies with lows in the upper 20s. Sunny skies are expected for the weekend, but it will remain chilly. Afternoon temperatures will struggle to 50, while lows will stay in the upper 20s and lower 30s. Light freeze precautions will be needed.