A trough in the jetstream took shape over the Plains today and brought a surge of clouds and moisture into central Louisiana.
Thursday morning was chilly with lows in the 40s, except for Winnfield where the low was 39 degrees. Jena reported 40 and Natchez, Miss. and Esler Airport recorded 41. Temperatures stayed in the upper 40s at DeRidder and Ville Platte. The daily average is 55 degrees and the record is 38 in 1961.
Clouds held afternoon highe in the 60s. Union Hill/Glenmora was the cool spot with 62; Colfax and Ville Platte reported 63 degrees. Esler Airport was the warm spot with 68 and Marksville saw 67. The daily average is 78 and the record is 92 in 2006.
Scattered rain fell from the cloud deck with even thunderstorms noted at a few locations. Rainfall amounts were scanty with the River View area out Highway 1 reporting 0.30 inches for the peak amounts. Pineville noted 0.10 and Oakdale, Fort Polk, Bentley, and Esler Airport measured less than 0.05 inches.
The chance for rain lingers into Good Friday.