After a pleasant first part of the weekend, a cold front swept through central Louisiana Sunday with rain and colder weather.
The chill lingered Monday with lows in the 30s. Natchez, Miss. had 34 degrees and several locations reported 35 degrees, including Winnfield, Colfax, Jena, Bunkie, Jonesville, Ville Platte, Natchitoches, and Leesville. The long-term daily average is 39 and the record is 13 set during the winter storm of 1996.
Overcast skies kept temperatures in the 40s during the afternoon; however, Natchez, Miss. only managed 39 degrees. Readings in southern areas were in the middle 40s. The long-term daily average is 61 and the record is 84 in 1957.
Significant rain amounts accompanied Sunday's cold front. Simmesport measured 1.90 inches with several other sites reporting over an inch and a half, including Winnfield (1.53); Gum Springs (1.55); Colfax (1.60); and Simpson (1.80). More rain is in the forecast as yet another cold front moves through the area late Tuesday.