Slowly but surely, a warming trend is occurring in central Louisiana.
Although it was another very cold start this morning, temperatures were higher than Tuesday morning's lows. Jonesville cratered down to 17 degrees for the lowest temperature reported. Natchez, Mississippi recorded 19 degrees. The "warm" spot was DeRidder with a low of 29 degrees. The long-term daily average is 39 and the record is 16 set in 2010. From a historical perspective, the current freeze is comparable to the January, 2010 event.
A mostly cloudy sky prevented rapid warming during the afternoon. Natchez, Miss. and Marksville were able to make it up to 50 degrees while Natchitoches only made 41 degrees. The long-term daily average is 59 and the record is 79 in 1907.
Scattered patches of light rain were noted as the clouds moved over central Louisiana, but only trace amounts fell.
Temperatures Thursday should be higher and the chance for measurable rainfall increases.