Clouds moved into central Louisiana today as the Gulf of Mexico opened up in response to a developing storm system over the southwestern U.S.
It was another chilly morning, however, as low dropped into the 30s and lower 40s. Winnfield and Fairfield reported 33 degrees while Ville Platte and the D.G. Hunter Power Plant in Alexandria saw 41 on their minimum thermometer. The daily average is 47 and the record is 23 in 1993.
Despite the clouds, temperatures climbed into the 60s and lower 70s during the afternoon. Jena and Bentley hit 67 degrees but Many, Bellwood, DeRidder, Natchitoches, and Esler Airport all reported a high of 71. The daily average is 70 and the record is 86 in 1967.
The storm system out west will move eastward and affect the weather in central Louisiana for the weekend. Rain and thunderstorms will be widespread with a slight risk of severe weather. Peak rainfall amounts may reach 2-3 inches.