St. Patrick's Day in central Louisiana dawned gloomy and cold with light rain or drizzle observed at some locations.
Morning minimums were in the 30s and 40s. Natchitoches and Gum Springs were the cold spots with a low of 36 degrees. Ville Platte and Marksville reported 42 degrees. The long-term daily average is 48 and the record is 31 in 1923.
The afternoon highs depended on the clearing trend. Locations in Vernon, Beauregard, Sabine, and Natchitoches Parishes saw the Sun first and that coaxed thermometers into the 50s. Many hit 56 degrees with Natchitoches , Bellwood, Peason, and Hagewood at 55 degrees. Natchez, Miss. saw no sunshine and the high only reached 43 degrees. The long-term daily average is 71 and the record is 86 in 1963.
Tuesday will be warmer with a gusty southwest wind.