Temperatures Thursday morning bottomed out and a slow warming trend began during the afternoon hours.
Morning mins were generally the lowest of the winter thus far. Most readings fell into the 20s, with Fairfield in Grant Parish all the way down to 24 degrees. Winnfield, Bellwood, Simpson, and Leesville were close behind with 25 degrees. Opelousas and Ville Platte saw the "warmest" start at 31 and 30 degrees, respectively. All of the weather watchers I spoke with remarked about the heavy frost, reminiscent of a dusting of snow. As cold as it was this morning, we were far from a record. In 1962, the thermometer dropped all the way down to 12 degrees.
Ample sunshine brought max temps into the 50s and the 60s, with Bellwood reaching 65 degrees. Winnfield and Many saw 64 on their max thermometer. However, several locations stayed in the upper 50s, with 59 reported from Marksville, Colfax, Jena, Simpson, and Woodworth.
Clouds will increase Friday, and that will set the stage for weekend rain.