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After hard freeze, January thaw coming this weekend

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After the coldest temperatures in nearly 22 years across the area, Acadiana will begin to see a slow warming trend after another frigid start Thursday.

Temperatures Thursday morning won't be as cold as they were Wednesday morning with readings mostly in the upper teens to near 20 across the region.

Temperatures across the area broke records Wednesday morning with 16F degrees in Lafayette smashing the record of 19F set in 1982...and it was the coldest reading in Lafayette since the 16F reported on February 5, 1996.

Wind chills Wednesday morning were also frigid with most readings in the area between 0 and 4F!

Fortunately, after yesterday's freezing rain, sleet and snow the icy roads improved thanks to our southern January sun, but shady areas north of trees and buildings are where the icy spots continue, so be careful on the roads overnight...there will be patches of snow and black ice.

The most treacherous areas will be where the most snows occurred Tuesday, most notably in Acadiana across Acadia, Evangeline and St Landry Parishes. 

Visible satellite imagery Wednesday below showing the white areas which depict snow on the ground, especially across portions of Acadia, Evangeline and St Landry Parishes in Acadiana...the highest snowfall totals here ranged from 2-4" from northern St Landry into Point Coupee Parish over toward the Kentwood area: 

After the frosty, cold start Thursday, the rest of the ice should melt Thursday afternoon as temperatures rise into the 40s under full sunshine.

Clouds arrive Friday, after a light freeze in the morning, as a milder pattern then sets in...it would not be surprising at the onset of the clouds, that a few sleet pellets fall, but there will not be any winter weather issues.

Temperatures will climb into the lower 50s Friday afternoon, mid-60s Saturday and possibly reaching the lower 70s Sunday! 

A few isolated showers will be possible this weekend with rain chances in the 20% or less range.

A good chance of rain and a few thunderstorms (70%) will develop Sunday night into Monday Morning when our next cool (not cold) front pushes through the region. While it is not clear yet, there could be the threat of a few isolated severe thunderstorms containing wind damage with this next next front...we will get a better feel for that later this week.

Temperatures should be near normal following the "Pacific" front through much of next week with highs in the upper 50s to lower 60s while overnight lows range in the upper 30s to lower 40s...there are no freezes in the forecast for at least a week after this Friday morning.

But, we are probably not done with freezing temperatures this winter.

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