Central Louisiana awoke to a gray overcast and a chilly north wind but the day improved as sunshine returned during the afternoon.
Morning low temperatures ranged through the 30s. Winnfield hit the freezing mark while readings stayed up to 39 at Simmesport and 38 at Opelousas, Oakdale, Esler Airport, Bunkie, and Marksville. This is near the daily average of 40 but far above the historic record low of 7 set in 1989.
There was not much turn-around in temperatures despite the clearing sky. Afternoon maximum readings ranged from the lower 40s to the lower 50s. Natchez, Miss. only reached 42 degrees while Marksville hit 51. The 30-year daily average is 59 and the record is 80 in 1931.
The clear sky, light wind, and dry air will combine to bring tonight's lows into the 20s.