This morning's cold smashed a record that had stood since 1955. Weather watchers reported temperatures this morning in the 20s and 30s. The lowest temperature reported was 25 degrees at International Airport and Jena. Temperatures in the southern part of the area were higher, with Opelousas at 34 and Pine Prairie at 33. The 30-year average low is 50 degrees, thus representing a departure of 15-25 degrees below normal.
Unfiltered sunshine brought afternoon high temperatures into the 50s. Natchez, Miss. was the cool spot with 52 degrees. Several locations tied for the highest temperature, including Woodworth, Marksville, Colfax, and Aloha at 59 degrees. The 30-year average is 73 degrees.
Much of central Louisiana can expect another freeze Tuesday night/Wednesday morning as lows range from the upper 20s to the lower 30s. It's a pets and plants night.