The cold winter of 2013-14 continued Thursday with the third episode of frozen precipitation in two weeks.
The day began with temperatures ranging from the upper 20s to the lower 30s, and some of the minimum readings occurred as the temperature fell with the onset of the precipitation. Natchitoches, Natchez, Miss., and Gum Springs all reported a low of 29 degrees. Marksville only dropped to 34 degrees. The 30-year daily average is 39 and the record is 23 in 1984.
Clouds and a cold, wet ground kept afternoon max temps in the 30s. Winnfield only managed 34 degrees while Opelousas hit 39. These numbers are far below the daily average of 61.
The weather headline of the day, however, was the return of wintry precipitation. Trace amounts of sleet and snow stayed on the ground briefly.
Light rain is possible during the PM hours Friday as yet another disturbance aloft traverses over the area.