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FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Cold and messy start to Friday, colder and wintry weather ahead

Updated: Feb. 12, 2021 at 4:07 AM CST
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Grab the coat and rain gear before you head out this morning
Grab the coat and rain gear before you head out this morning(KPLC)

LAKE CHARLES, La. (KPLC) - Just a cold and messy start to our Friday with temperatures back in the middle 30′s for areas north to lower 40′s closer to the I-10 corridor. There have been some showers moving through and even a few lightning strikes earlier this morning, but there is some good news in the fact that the heaviest batch of rain is moving to the east.

Rain chances remain high this morning slowly tapering off
Rain chances remain high this morning slowly tapering off(KPLC)

For the rest of our Friday you’ll definitely want to keep the rain gear handy as we could see showers popping up just about anytime, but there will be more breaks in the rain than what we saw for Thursday. Temperatures remain cool though as we don’t really warm up into the afternoon with our highs back into the lower 40′s with some areas further to the north struggling to reach the 40 mark. So keep a coat handy as well as breezes out of the north will make it feel even colder out there. Rain chances slowly begin to taper off as we head into the late evening hours and for the majority of Saturday we remain dry, but clouds don’t go anywhere as we will await the arrival of another disturbance for Saturday night. Waking up Saturday morning it will be a cold one as temperatures are in the middle to upper 30′s. Highs for Saturday afternoon maybe a degree or two warmer than our Friday as we head into the lower and middle 40′s. Saturday night and into Sunday an upper level system pushes through and that could spark a few showers around and with our colder temperatures we can’t rule out a few sleet pellets as well.

A system on Saturday night into Sunday could bring some showers/ sleet pellets
A system on Saturday night into Sunday could bring some showers/ sleet pellets(KPLC)

The weekend will be a cold one as we see upper 30′s and lower 40′s for Sunday with clouds still hanging very tough and eventually as we head into the overnight more moisture works in and that’s where the forecast becomes complicated and dicey. Temperatures into Monday morning drop back to near the freezing mark so what may start off as a little rain Monday morning will likely transition over to some frozen precipitation. This would be in the form of sleet and freezing rain and possibly transitioning to some snow as we near the end of the precipitation.

Confidence increasing for wintry weather on Monday
Confidence increasing for wintry weather on Monday(KPLC)

Travel issues are looking very likely as we head into Monday as we will be watching for the potential of ice accumulation that could even lead to some power outages depending on how much accumulation we see. Models this morning are showing possible accumulations of a quarter to half inch possible with the areas most impacted into Vernon, Beauregard and Allen Parishes. For Calcasieu, Jeff Davis and Cameron we can still expect some impacts as well so now is the time to make preparations. A hard freeze will accompany the wintry weather as lows drop back into the teens and low 20′s Monday night into Tuesday morning, so for pipes exposed outside you’ll want to make sure to properly insulate them.

Still tracking the chance for a winter weather impact across Southwest Louisiana
Still tracking the chance for a winter weather impact across Southwest Louisiana(KPLC)

Anything that is still liquid Monday night will certainly freeze and make travel difficult into Tuesday morning so make sure to take that into account and maybe not head out until after sunrise Tuesday morning. The cold stretch of weather continues through the middle of the week before we finally begin to warm up some by the end of the week. Stay tuned to the 7Stormteam for the latest information.

Greatest impacts remain north of I-10
Greatest impacts remain north of I-10(KPLC)
Along I-10 we could still see a good deal of impacts
Along I-10 we could still see a good deal of impacts(KPLC)
Impacts are low, but not zero for Cameron
Impacts are low, but not zero for Cameron(KPLC)

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