The chill hung on for yet another day across central Louisiana.
A freeze occurred area wide this morning as temperatures dropped into the 20s at most observation sites. Weather watchers remarked that a heavy frost gave the appearance of a dusting of snow to begin Christmas Eve. Bellwood, Leesville, Jena, and Natchez, Miss. all saw their thermometers hit 25 degrees, but the D.G. Hunter Power Plant in Alexandria registered 30 degrees. The long-term daily average is 40 and the record is 6 degrees set during the historic cold wave of 1989. In fact, that is the all-time low for the month of December.
A chill remained in the air despite full-time sunshine with highs ranging from the upper 40s to the middle 50s. Natchez, Miss. was the cold spot with 48 degrees while Bellwood hit 54. The long-term daily average is 59 and the record is 80 in 1955.
Tonight will be cold again as Santa will feel right at home as he delivers presents to the children of central Louisiana.
Have a blessed Christmas!