LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - A muggier and damp feel combined with a warm front that lifted up over the state yesterday has sent temperatures up quite a bit compared to past 24 hours and is also causing quite a bit of fog across the area with morning lows in the 60s. Radar continues to remain quiet and rain is not expected to become an issue until later tonight and through the early morning hours of Tuesday ahead of our next cold front.
Throughout the remainder of the day, look for clouds to thicken up once the fog moves out by mid-morning with afternoon highs today in the middle 70s. A sprinkle or two will be possible but overall rain chances will continue to remain very low through the day. Winds will continue to increase a bit through the afternoon and evening ahead of the front and will be gustier tonight out of the south as temperatures hold in the 60s through the evening and overnight.
With the timing of the frontal passage before sunrise Tuesday, rain chances will start to really ramp up after midnight and continue through the overnight hours with a line of rain and maybe a few rumbles of thunder are expected to move through in the predawn hours of Tuesday morning. Rainfall amounts of ½” or less are expected and no severe weather is anticipated for Southwest Louisiana. Once the rain ends Tuesday morning, temperatures will continue to drop into the 50s through the remainder of the morning and only rebound slightly into the lower 60s for highs tomorrow.
We’re back out with the heavier coats Tuesday evening as old man winter’s chilly breath pushes temperatures back down into the upper 30s to near 40 to start the morning on Wednesday but sunshine returning mid-week will make up for the chill with afternoon highs on Wednesday in the lower to middle 60s.
We’ll turn sharply warmer again for Valentine’s Day with afternoon highs back up to around 70 as clouds thicken and moisture returns. Another cold front Friday is forecast to move through early in the day, but with limited moisture returning ahead of its passage, rain chances look slim to none with another dip in temperatures just in time to kick of the weekend!
First Alert Meteorologist Ben Terry