Folks I've talked to said it was a nice day but it was a cold start this morning.
Morning lows ranged through the 20s with Natchez, Miss. cratering to 20 degrees. Jena and Fairfield reported 22 and Esler Airport and Leesville checked in with 23 degrees. Even the warmest readings were in the upper 20s with the D.G. Hunter Power Plant in Alexandria at 29 and Simmesport, Bunkie, Marksville with 28. The long-term daily average is 38 and the record is 15 in 1985.
Dry air, ample sunshine, and southerly breezes combined to turn temperatures around 30 to 40 degrees during the afternoon. Many made it all the way up to 65 while Bellwood hit 64. Natchez, Miss. reported 54. The long-term daily average is 59 and the record is 78 in 1943.
An Arctic cold front will move through central Louisiana Thursday morning. Much colder air will be felt again by the evening when mixed precipitation may fall. Little or no accumulation is expected at this time but stay tuned.