Ben Terry has been the morning and midday meteorologist at KPLC since 2011. A 2006 graduate of Mississippi State University's on-campus Broadcast Meteorologist program, Ben began his broadcast career nearly 15 years ago in Jackson, Mississippi. He then came to KPLC in 2011 to join the morning team on 7News Sunrise which has now expanded to FOX 29 with the morning news. When not on-air or forecasting the weather for Southwest Louisiana, Ben involves himself with numerous charitable organizations throughout Southwest Louisiana including the Ad and Press Club, American Cancer Society, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Louisiana and the Louisiana/Mississippi Chapter of the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation, founding a local support group for those coping with the diseases. Ben also enjoys visiting local schools to get young students interested in the sciences and meeting folks in the community by volunteering to emcee numerous charitable events across Southwest Louisiana during his off time. Over the years Ben has been a part of significant upgrades to the weather technology at KPLC with the addition of the Skycam network and latest WSI weather system, keeping Southwest Louisiana up to date with the latest and greatest forecasting and storm tracking technology. Keeping the residents of Southwest Louisiana safe from threatening weather is Ben's main mission, and the resources and technology available at KPLC make that possible with all of the social media platforms and mobile apps available for alerting the public. An active member of the American Meteorological Society and National Weather Association, Ben currently served as past president of the Southeast Texas/Southwest Louisiana Chapter of the AMS/NWA and looks forward to attending the National Weather Association's annual meeting each fall. Ben is a resident of Lake Charles.
Temperatures warmed up quickly today despite the cloud cover our area saw through the day. Highs in the middle to upper 60s made for a good day to get outdoors. Into the evening, temperatures will remain milder with eventually a few showers moving in late tonight ahead of a weak front.
The end to our stretch of bitterly cold arctic temperatures is here, with temperatures this evening dropping quickly after sunset, but clouds moving in after midnight will put a stop to our below freezing overnight lows.
Starting off on our Saturday, we’ll have the freezing temperatures give way to another full day of sunshine and steady warmup with highs well into the lower to middle 50s by afternoon. Continued thawing through the day and evening as lows are expected to remain above freezing Saturday night.
The issue we’ll have tonight is another hard freeze with temperatures ranging from the lower 20s north to upper 20s farther south. A Hard Freeze Warning is in effect for all parishes except the coastal parishes for tonight through mid-morning Friday.
Unfortunately, we have one more round of wintry weather possible overnight into Thursday morning for our northern parishes, with some possibility of a light wintry mix as far south as I-10 before coming to an end by afternoon.
Initially, the precipitation type is expected to be freezing rain for our entire area that will begin to accumulate on bridges and overpasses first and as temperatures continue to fall through the 20s overnight, some surface roads will begin to see icy patches before sunrise Monday.
We are still on track to see a high-impact winter weather event beginning tonight lasting through at least Tuesday!Today we will see off an on showers, mostly rain; but a little freezing rain is possible especially north of I-10. However by tonight most of this will transition to freezing rain.
The heaviest of coats will continue to be needed this evening as we see temperatures fall into the 30s with wind chills into the 20s this evening and overnight. The good news is that radar looks clear and we will likely not see any additional showers around this evening.
Doppler radar remains quite active and off and on rain will persist into the evening and overnight hours as temperatures continue to hover in the 30s and 40s. We won’t be cold enough for any wintry precipitation tonight or tomorrow with highs back into the lower 40s for Friday.
With temperatures today that flirted with 80, we’re in store for a full-on weather whiplash heading into Thursday. Not only will temperatures be dropping quickly tomorrow morning, rain will last most of the day that will add insult to the injury.
For your Sunday, some clouds early in the day will give way to increasing sunshine through the afternoon with highs back into the lower 60s. We’ll certainly get more sun tomorrow than we had today and no rain in the forecast as we end the weekend.
Unfortunately, there are more showers in the offing for our Friday later in the day as lingering Gulf moisture and clouds mixed with colder temperatures make for a raw day ahead tomorrow. Expect off and on light showers to move through during the day tomorrow with highs in the lower 50s
By sunrise, temperatures are looking to warm into the upper 50s under mostly cloudy skies. This will be followed by a big increase in winds through the day. Southerly winds will become quite gusty by late morning and continue through the afternoon, at times gusting over 35 mph at times.
Temperatures will drop quickly once the sun sets into the 50s and 40s through the late evening and overnight. We’ll wake up to temperatures in the upper 30s to near 40 before sunrise Monday morning with another day of sunshine ahead to start the new workweek.
You’ll want to give a couple of extra minutes to warm up the car tomorrow and may even notice some frost as lows fall into the lower to middle 30s across the area. Clear skies and calmer winds overnight will make frost a possibility.
Winds will become less gusty through the evening and overnight as temperatures drop quickly this evening into the 50s and 40s. Many spots will wake up tomorrow with lows in the middle to upper 30s under partly cloudy skies.
We’ll begin to see the chance of rain increasing closer to midnight as some passing showers begin to move inland from the Gulf. These light quick passing showers will continue through the morning hours of Sunday.
Temperatures won’t budge much this evening and it’s also possible the light drizzle and mist could slightly lower the visibility a bit. Expect more rain through the evening and especially overnight as a front moves closer to our area.
We’ll likely see lows dropping into the middle to upper 50s before midnight before warming a few degrees overnight. One thing we’ll have to watch out for tonight is fog, and it’s already been a problem for coastal areas.
Warmer southerly winds in combination with sunshine will make for a perfect day to be outdoors on your Martin Luther King Jr. Day. While temperatures start off on the chilly side, they warm up quickly with highs tonight in the middle 60s.
Lows tonight will again be in the lower to middle 30s, but frost won’t be a guarantee thanks to extremely dry air in place that may displace temperatures from the dew point just enough to prevent frost from forming.
Temperatures fall a bit lower tonight, especially if winds do calm enough, with lows for Lake Charles around 35 with as low as 33 for our northern parishes first thing Saturday. These breezes may be enough to keep any sort of widespread frost out of the area tonight.