LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - With the departure of what was a rather strong cold front that moved through late yesterday afternoon, temperatures will continue to fall through the 40s and into the 30s through mid-morning with limited sunshine and even some spotty drizzle although any measurable rain has exited to the east. Unfortunately, no sunshine is in the forecast which will keep the chilly feel in place all day.
Blustery north winds will keep wind chill values in the 30s most all day with afternoon highs topping out in the upper 40s to near 50 degrees. Clouds remain thick tonight and a passing disturbance to our north will bring the chance of a few showers across northern and central Louisiana tonight with showers looking to bypass Southwest Louisiana altogether. Winds will remain brisk into the evening adding to the chill factor, so you’ll need heavy coat if outdoors for any length of time tonight. Overnight lows will drop into the middle to upper 30s.
Saturday won’t feel much warmer, except for there being a small window for a few rays of sunshine to peek through the clouds which may be enough to boost temperatures up into the lower 50s by afternoon but expect more clouds than sun overall and thankfully no rain! Saturday night will remain chilly with lows dropping into the upper 30s to lower 40s from north to south overnight. A marked warm-up that will be felt area-wide on Sunday will come thanks to the return of onshore southerly winds that will kick temperatures back up well into the upper 60s by afternoon.
This warmer Gulf air will make for the likelihood of more fog developing Sunday night into the morning hours of Monday with a few showers on the return by early next week. Our next cold front is set for an arrival on Tuesday with rain and a few storms likely, but next week’s front doesn’t look to drop temperatures quite as much as our present conditions following our previous front yesterday. Stay tuned for more on that over the next few days.
First Alert Meteorologist Ben Terry