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Wednesday was the third straight day that clouds, a chill, and precipitation dominated the weather pattern.

Morning lows ranged from the upper 20s to the lower 30s. A light rain or drizzle continued to fall, which added a light glaze to the coat of ice already on objects from Tuesday's event. Natchitoches, Atlanta, Jena, and Winnfield all reported 29 degrees. Oakdale only fell to 33 degrees. The long-term daily average is 40 and the record is 5 degrees in 1899 (and it would get even colder).

Clouds, ice, and a continued northerly wind help daytime temps in check. Natchez, Miss., and Jena could only hit the freezing mark while readings at Many and DeRidder hit the upper 30s. The long-term daily average is 62 and the record is 83 in 1922.

Icing was observed in all parishes in central Louisiana. Thickness ranged from just a trace to a tenth in Vernon, Sabine, Beauregard, and Allen Parishes up to at least one-half inch in portions of Rapides, Avoyelles, Evengeline, Catahoula, and Concordia Parishes and in Adams County in Mississippi. Scattered power outages, slick bridges, and tree damage resulted in the more heavily iced parishes.

The forecast changes for the better Thursday as sunshine returns and temperatures rise into the 50s by the afternoon.

Tom Konvicka

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