FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Freeze Warning in effect tonight; rain returns Wednesday

FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Freeze Warning in effect tonight for all of Southwest Louisiana

LAKE CHARLES, La. (KPLC) - The big weather story if obviously the cold temperatures that have returned to all of Southwest Louisiana as we head back to work and school this morning. The chill will be accentuated by the blustery northwesterly winds that bring feels like temperatures down well into the 30s as you head out the door this morning. Unlike our more usual cold mornings, this chill will last all day with highs this afternoon struggling into the lower 50s, so make sure to keep the coat around all day.

A Freeze Warning has been issued for all of our parishes in Southwest Louisiana from midnight tonight through 8:00 A.M. Tuesday. This will not be a pipe bursting freeze, but lows in the upper 20s north to around 32 along I-10 will bring a light freeze as far south as the Intracoastal Waterway likely tonight. You’ll want to make sure to protect your pets and plants tonight make sure to check on those who may not have easy access to a warm place to insure they are properly cared for.

Wind chill values in the 20s to start the day on Tuesday will mean another day for the heavier coats but temperatures by tomorrow afternoon ease up into the upper 50s helping to break the chill a bit more later in the afternoon. Clouds begin to thicken up as winds turn back onshore Tuesday night, keeping lows not only well above freezing, but likely warming a few more degrees after midnight with lows in the lower to middle 40s across the area.

Rain chances return Wednesday, especially by afternoon and evening ahead of our next cold front. Occasionally heavier downpours at times will be possible through Wednesday night with any leftover showers ending very early Thursday morning. Temperatures will again tumble behind this next front with highs back in the 50s Thursday and Friday with lows in the 30s. Computer models show the possibility of 1 to 2 inches of rain with this Wednesday storm system, but a nice stretch of dry weather looks to return behind its passage through the early portion of next week.

First Alert Meteorologist Ben Terry

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