What a day, with Lake Charles officially receiving 2.1” of snow today, making it the 7th snowiest day on record and setting a record for the snowiest December day on record for the city of Lake Charles, making travel difficult earlier in the day and forcing the closure of area schools.
With the snow having ended across the area now, temperatures are beginning to warm up enough that a continued melt of what is left will make for improving conditions through the afternoon but leftover water on area roadways will likely glaze over tonight due to colder temperatures on the way.
The cold front that moved through is now pushing temperatures colder and will result in hard freeze conditions over parts of area overnight tonight. A Hard Freeze Warning is in effect for Allen, Beauregard and Vernon parishes from midnight until 8:00 a.m. Saturday with forecast lows in the middle 20s. This will be cold enough to freeze exposed water pipes, so make sure to wrap to protect.
For locations closer to I-10, temperatures will fall in the 28 to 30-degree range overnight with freezing conditions possible as far south as the Intracoastal Waterway overnight. Make sure pets have a warm place to stay and protect any outdoor plants.
Sunshine returns early in the day Saturday which will warm temperatures a bit more tomorrow into the upper 50s by afternoon. Another cold night returns Saturday night into early Sunday with a light freeze possible so take the same cold weather precautions Saturday night, especially with the pets and plants.
Dry weather sticks around into next week with highs near 60 and lows in the 30s and 40s.
Have a great day!
First Alert Meteorologist Ben Terry