Thanksgiving week began with a nasty combination of wet and cold.
Morning lows ranged through the 30s with Jena hitting the freezing mark. Down south, temperatures held in the upper 30s at Opelousas, Eunice, Oakdale, and Simmesport. The long-term average is 43 degrees and the record is 24 in 1950.
A dense overcast and incessant rain kept afternoon highs in the 30s and the lower 40s. This is well below the daily average of 65 and the record of 85 in 1910.
An upper-level low is moving southeast out of the Texas Panhandle toward central Louisiana. This feature is providing vigorous lift to the atmosphere and the result is clouds and rain. As of this writing, rainfall totals of 2-5 inches have already occurred north of a Eunice to Bunkie to Natchez, Miss. line. Specifically, Williana in northern Grant Parish has already reported 4.40 inches. Bentley in South Grant has counted 3.22 inches.
More rain is on the way tonight and Tuesday. Additional amounts may exceed one inch. A chill will remain and will be reinforced late Tuesday by another cold front.