I just finished talking to the weather watchers and, by all accounts, it was a fine day. Southern viewers awoke to dense fog and there was a damp chill all across central Louisiana. Other locations reported heavy frost.
Morning minimum temperatures reflected the clouds in the southern Parishes and the clear sky elsewhere. Clouds allowed the lows at Opelousas to fall only to 41 degrees with Ville Platte at 40. The lowest readings came from AEX and Natchez, Miss., at 29 degrees. The average low for the date is 42 and the record low is 21 in 1903. The record high for the date was in 1989 at 85 degrees. That warm spell would precede record cold during December 1989.
Clouds cleared by 9:00 AM in the southern Parishes, but elsewhere it was full-time sunshine. In response, temperatures climbed into the 60s over all of the area except Natchez, Miss., where a high of only 57 was observed.
Prepare for another cold start Thursday morning.