Temperatures are much colder this afternoon as highs have struggled to reach the lower 40′s and the wind chills have made it feel even colder with feels like temperatures in the upper 20′s to low 30′s. A brief wintry mix will be possible this evening, but let us stress this will not be a high impact event as moisture is very limited and temperatures will be a little too warm to support any major accumulations. Freezes look like the next few mornings so you’ll need to take care of the plants and pets as low drop well below the freezing mark.
We may see some additional showers try to return tonight, albeit a very light rain. If temperatures can cool down enough, there could be a brief changeover to some sleet and/or freezing drizzle. The precipitation amounts will be so light though that accumulation of any ice on bridges or overpasses seems unlikely across Southwest Louisiana, therefore I don’t expect any travel problems for our area tonight. It will still be important to check road conditions before traveling overnight, but impacts should be very limited if any at all.
In a press release Wednesday, the Louisiana Department of Health announced its community-based COVID-19 vaccine and testing sites will close Friday, Jan. 21, and testing sites will close at noon Thursday, Jan. 20, due to expected below-freezing temperatures.
The supplemental disaster relief bill provides resources for Louisiana to recover further from Hurricane Ida. Through the IIJA, Congress appropriated funds to USACE to increase coastal resilience by funding flood control, navigation, and ecosystem restoration projects.