An unseasonal chill swept in today behind Monday's cold front.
Morning lows dropped into the middle 30s to the lower 40s as the sky cleared after 10PM. Many reported a low of 36 degrees with Winnfield, Fairfield, Leesville, and Atlanta at 37. Marksville stayed up at 43 and Simmesport 42 as they saw clouds until after midnight. The long-term daily average is 54 and the record is 37 in 2008.
Despite full Sun, afternoon highs only reached the middle 50s to the lower 60s. Ville Platte was the cool spot with 55 degrees while Bellwood hit 63. A northerly wind gusted to between 25 and 35 mph, which added a late-February feel to the air. The long-term daily average is 78 degrees and the record is 92 set in 1925.
Temperatures tonight will drop to record levels under the influence of a clear sky, light wind, and dry air pattern. Minimum readings Wednesday morning will range from 30 to 38 degrees. Thus, a light freeze and/or a frost will occur at most locations. Remember your plants and pets!