Another in a series of winter weather systems affected central Louisiana today with low temperatures and sleet, snow, and freezing rain.
Morning lows were in the 20s, with Natchez, Miss. and Jena the coldest at 24 degrees. Anacoco and Oakdale reported 29 degrees. The long-term daily average is 45 and the record is 22 set in 2002.
Afternoon highs stayed in the 30s at most locations, except for some folks in the northwest part of central Louisiana where clouds thinned briefly and filtered sunshine was able to break through. Hagewood hit 41 degrees followed by Many at 40. In the southeastern part of the area, readings at Ville Platte and Opelousas touched freezing.
Another bout of wintry precipitation affected the southern half of central Louisiana. Significant icing was noted over portions of Beauregard, Alle, Evangeline, St. Landry, and Avoyelles Parishes. Glaze measured up to about a quarter of an inch at some sites.
The winter event is over now but the chill remains tonight. I am optimistic that high temps Wednesday will reach in the 50s.