The cold air mass has arrived with falling temperatures and gusty winds. Cloudy skies will start our day with occasional light rain or drizzle. Wind speeds will continue in the 20-30 mph range for the majority of the day. Temperatures will hold in the upper 30s and low 40s with wind chill values hovering around 30 degrees. The light rain and drizzle will be ending early this afternoon, with cloudiness gradually breaking up late in the day.
Overnight, a Hard Freeze Warning is in effect for most of Acadiana. A Freeze Warning is in effect for the coastal parishes. Expect temperatures over central Louisiana, including Vernon, Rapides, and Avoyelles parishes to drop to 21-23 degrees. Freezing temperatures over these areas will last for more than 12 hours. All freeze precautions need to be taken.
Along the US 190 parishes, including Beauregard, Allen, Evangeline and St. Landry, expect temperatures to drop into the 23-25 range. Freezing temperatures in this area will linger for up to 12 hours. Again, all freeze precautions need to be taken.
The I-10 parishes, including Calcasieu, Jeff Davis, Acadia, Lafayette, and St. Martin will see temperatures in the 25-27 degree range with freezing conditions for 10-12 hours. Plants and pets must be protected, exposed pipes are highly recommended to be wrapped.
Coastal parishes along LA 14 and Highway 90, but north of the Intracoastal Waterway should see temperatures in the 27-30 degree range with 8-10 hours of freezing temperatures. Areas south of the Intracoastal to the Gulf of Mexico will experience temperatures in the 30-32 degree range for about 6 hours. Plants and pets should be protected, pipes in this area should be okay.
Wednesday, we should see more sunshine, but the cold air mass will hold. Expect temperatures to struggle to 50 degrees. Some shower activity will move in for
Thursday, with chilly temperatures. Clear skies expected Friday into Saturday. We'll warm up a bit during the day, but overnight lows will still drop into the 30s with some frost possible.