A strong cold front blew into central Louisiana early this morning. Falling temperatures and gusty wind followed the front as it swept southeastward.
Low temperatures were reached around mid-morning with a mixture of 30s and 40s observed. Winnfield and Many dropped to 35 degrees but locations to the south stayed in the middle 40s. However, as of this writing, temperatures are at their daily low. The long-term average is 39 and the record is 15 in 1928.
The daily high temperatures occurred during the wee hours and ranged through the 50s. The long-term average is 59 degrees and the record is 81 in 1952.
Most locations received small amounts of rain late Wednesday through early Thursday. Natchez, Miss. picked up 0.30 inches while Ferriday, Vidalia, Ville Platte, Pluacheville, and Colfax reporting around one-quarter of an inch.
The cold will settle in firmly tonight and a moderate to hard freeze is in store with lows ranging through the 20s. Stay warm!