After a sunny Thursday, clouds moved back in over central Louisiana in response to an upper-level trough traveling through the southern branch of the jetstream.
It was another cold start this Thursday morning with some weather watchers reporting a heavy frost. Temperatures ranged from the upper 20s to the middle 30s. Jena and Natchez, Miss. reported a low of 29 degrees while Many and the D.G. Hunter Power Plant in Alexandria had 36 degrees. The 30-year daily average is 44 and the record is 20 in 1968.
A brisk southerly wind was able to turn temperatures around thirty degrees despite considerable cloudiness. Highs ranged from the middle 50s to the lower 60s. Gum Springs in western Winn Parish saw the thermometer go no higher than 55 degrees. Down south, Opelousas reached 62 degrees. The 30-year daily average is 67 and the record is 88 set in 1932.
Light rain fell from the cloud deck at many locations with trace amounts common. The top totals came from Fort Polk with 0.10 inches, DeRidder 0.09; and Fullerton with 0.08.
You can expect a mild weekend with light rain possible Saturday. A stronger weather system heads this way Sunday with locally heavy rain and thunderstorms likely, especially Sunday night.