Rain and thunderstorms returned to central Louisiana Tuesday as a cold front pressed southward over north Louisiana and a warm front inched northward across south Louisiana.
Morning temperatures ranged from the upper 40s to the middle 50s and only made the lower 50s to the lower 60s for highs. Winnfield, Atlanta, and Gum Springs reported the upper 40s this morning with Opelousas, DeRidder, and Bunkie at 55 degrees. Clouds kept afternoon readings in check with Winnfield only hitting 51 degrees while Natchez, Miss. hit 63 degrees.
A short wave aloft tapped elevated instability and the result was rain and thunderstorms. I do not have complete totals because this event is just underway. However, Many reported 1.25 inches and Eunice near six-tenths. More rain will fall tonight and Wednesday morning and totals may reach 2-3 inches at some locations.
Thunderstorms dropped golfball-size hail six miles northwest of Robeline and nickel to quarter-size hail three miles northwest of Natchitoches. Pea-size hail was also reported in Many and marble to dime size hail in and near Winnfield.
Colder air will dive through central Louisiana Wednesday, sending thermometers down into the upper 30s to the lower 40s by early evening. Be ready for this change!