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Friday marks the end of the work and school week, but the beginning of change in our weather pattern.

Central Louisiana endured another cold morning with min temps ranging from the upper 20s to the middle 30s. The coldest locations were Winnfield and Esler airport with 28 degrees. Opelousas and DeRidder reported 35 degrees. This is well below the 30-year average of 40 degrees but above the record of 21 set in 1966.

Clouds increased during the day and held max temps in the 60s. The lower temperatures prevailed in the western part of Cenla with 61 at Natchitoches and 62 at Fort Polk, DeRidder, Many, and Anacoco. Warmer readings came from the southeast Parishes, with Grand Coteau reaching 69 degrees.

Friday's clouds are the first indication that the weather pattern is once again changing. The cold surface high pressure has retreated eastward and its grip on us has eased. The jet stream aloft is becoming active with one significant pulse of energy lifting through the southern plains toward the mid-Mississippi Valley tonight. A second system will swing toward central Louisiana this weekend with a cold front at the surface. This will bring rain back to the forecast for the weekend. Beneficial amounts will fall in some areas with two inches possible. The rain is still needed since central Louisiana remains in a drought.

Have a good weekend and I'll return Monday.

Tom Konvicka

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