Thunderstorms moved through central Louisiana late Thursday afternoon through the early part of the night. This occurred after a day in which some folks caught a case of spring fever.
Morning lows ranged through the 60s with the Alexandria/Pineville metro staying in the upper 60s. By late evening, however, cooler air invaded northern and western portions of CenLa and that brought temps down into the lower 60s. These numbers are well above the lower 40s we normally see in late February.
Afternoon highs ranged from the middle 70s to the lower 80s. Esler Airport once again hit 82 degrees with Williana in Grant Parish at 81. Thermometers also climbed to 80 at Marksville, Oakdale, Jena, AEX, Bentley, Jonesville, and Simpson. Normally, we see the mid 60s.
Everyone I talked to tonight received rain. But a large variation was noted across the area. Some locations, such as Jena, Colfax, Fairfield, Many, and Natchitoches, received only a few one-hundreths of an inch. Across SW Rapides Parish, Avoyelles, eastern Evangeline, and St. Landry, rainfall amounts may have exceeded two inches.
Cooler and drier air is in the forecast for Friday.