LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Showers and a couple of thunderstorms have already passed through Southwest Louisiana overnight and made for slick roads for the morning commute. A few additional showers will be possible through 8:00 a.m. but we may continue to more of a lull in the activity until later in the morning and afternoon with additional showers likely through the day. Patchy areas of fog will also be possible in spots, so make sure to drive with caution this morning when encountering any reduction in visibility.
Meanwhile, temperatures are starting off a bit chilly, especially considering it is already so damp, in the 40s with a brisk wind making it feel even colder. A heavy coat and umbrella needed this morning and throughout most of the day will continue although temperatures will start to warm up a bit over the eastern portion of the viewing area as a warm front lift back over the state.
Temperatures in most of the northwestern parishes will struggle out of the 50s for highs this afternoon while other locations to the east, including Lake Charles will see a steady warm-up late this afternoon and into the evening with the high temperature today likely not occurring until closer to sunset with temperatures holding steady in the upper 60s to near 70 most of the evening as winds shift to back out of the south.
Another push of cooler air arrives early in the morning hours of Wednesday as a front sweeps back through the state, bringing another good rain chance to area tomorrow morning with temperatures dropping back through the 50s most of the day tomorrow. The better news for Wednesday is that there looks to be more breaks in the rain by the afternoon and evening providing a window of time for some outdoor activities.
The stalled upper level pattern continues to pump Pacific moisture overhead and the old front will retreat back to the north on Thursday which will mean yet more rain for the area with widespread showers and thunderstorms. As the front pulls back north, temperatures will start to climb again with highs in the middle 60s Thursday and pushing the middle to upper 70s Friday and Saturday. The pattern breaks temporarily Sunday before more showers return by early next week.
First Alert Meteorologist Ben Terry