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A nasty start with freezing rain?

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There's no doubt that a cold front is headed this way, and behind it, more arctic air from Canada, but what does this mean for us?

Right now we can expect the cloud cover to increase over the next few days and the rain beginning as early as tonight. This front will take its time as it passes through central Louisiana. The models are trending a little cooler today than yesterday, which raises the question of the possibility of wintry precip. Right now it looks like there will be a substantial warm layer above us, which will melt any snow; so snow is likely out of the question. Right now if we get anything, the most likely scenario is freezing rain, but how good of a chance do we have for freezing rain? Right now I believe our freezing rain chances are very slim for Monday night, and a little better for Tuesday night. It will really depend on how cold we get at the surface, with the warm layer above us.

As far as Monday night goes, our northern parishes will be the best candidates for freezing rain, and some bridges and elevated portions of the roadway may become slick briefly. I'm really not expecting much ice accumulation if any at all. We'll have a better idea on Monday.

Tuesday looks a little better for some freezing rain as the warm layer shrinks, but not long after that I'm expecting some upper level dry air to move in, so any ice accumulation on Tuesday will likely be brief and melt.

I really don't expect much of Cenla to reach subfreezing temperatures. If anything I think we may flirt with the freezing point, which is why I believe bridges may be slick for a few hours, but the rest of the roadways are still in question. Stay tuned to News Channel 5 for the latest updates concerning our wintry precip chances.

Meteorologist Robert Gauthreaux



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