LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Rain continues to move out of the area following the passage of a cold front overnight that brought most areas around 1/2′” of rain as a line of storms moved through just after midnight. Temperatures have yet to drop much this morning but will be followed up with an additional drop once the rain ends later this morning with afternoon temperatures in the upper 50s to lower 60s. The back edge of the rain should be east of the area before the noon hour with some sunshine on the return by this afternoon.
This cold that moves in tonight will send temperatures into the upper 30s by early Wednesday, but this cold front will not have any lasting power as temperatures begin to quickly moderate over the next couple of days, back into the 70s by Valentine’s Day and even warmer by Friday, closer to the middle to upper 70s by Friday ahead of another front later this week.
Friday’s front will bring little to no rain as it moves through and only slightly drop the temperatures to start the weekend as the jet stream flow keeps the coldest air well away from the area through the weekend and clouds will likely linger through Sunday. The current projections keep temperatures in the 60s for highs both Saturday and Sunday while morning will be chilly in the 40s. Rain chances go up next week with another front that looks to bring to noticeably cooler temperatures back early next week.
First Alert Meteorologist Ben Terry