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.
After 8:00 a.m. the chance of rain starts to drop and continue to taper off during the afternoon with a much-improved afternoon ahead. The roads will remain wet for awhile this morning even as the rains come to an end, so use caution on the roads, slow down and give yourself a little extra time.
The umbrella may come in handy after school and after work today as the first rains of the day begin to move in out of East Texas. Radar already shows a few faint returns this morning to our west as the atmosphere begins to moisten up this morning, helping to prime to pump for showers later today
With another cold night on tap, make sure to take precautions for a light freeze as temperatures are expected to be a few degrees colder tonight. Make sure your pets have a warm place to stay, and also make sure to take the necessary precautions with your outdoor plants.
The focus of the morning commute remains on the fog as visibilities remain very low across all of Southwest Louisiana. A Dense Fog Advisory is in effect through 9:00 AM as temperatures have warmed well into the middle to upper 60s overnight.
While rain chances do return to the forecast today, no severe weather nor flooding will be likely this week, even with the high rain chances in place over the days ahead. We kick things off this morning with areas of fog developing thanks to a warm front lifting up over our coastline and thru SWLA.
The sunshine will be bright today which will help temperatures slowly warm up hour by hour through the 50s to back into the lower 60s by this afternoon. Breezes will continue to be occasionally gusty out of the north which will help to dry out the air even more.
As the day progresses, some sun could return by this afternoon as we sit in a lull of warm and humid air until our dry reinforcing front pushes in later this afternoon and evening. This means our temperatures will warm up to near 70 again today but start off much cooler in the 40s by Saturday
The forecast through the daytime hours still calls for increasing rain chances and harder duration rain at times which could still lead to some brief street flooding, so make sure to carry the KPLC weather app for those alerts and to track the radar.
For those outdoors tonight to ring in the new decade, plan for a heavier coat as temperatures drop into the 40s after sunset and continue to fall into the lower 40s by midnight. Despite increasing clouds, rain will not be an issue for your plans tonight.
With temperatures back on the chilly side this morning, you’ll need a jacket before heading out this morning as most of Southwest Louisiana starts out in the 40s this morning with wind chill values closer to the upper 30s.
Storms will ramp up by Sunday morning as a strong cold front moves into the state from NW to SE beginning late Saturday night in the ArkLaTex. The bulk of the storms won’t arrive in Southwest Louisiana until early Sunday morning with a line of thunderstorms expected to move through before Noon.
Today will be marked by some early morning fog and passing light rain showers at times. Radar was already showing a few light returns in the overnight as a surge of Gulf moisture makes its way up through the state, increasing the muggier feel, and providing a chance of a few hit or miss showers.
Carrying over from our Christmas Day will be more clouds that continue to persist into our morning hours, eventually giving way to a little sunshine at times through the afternoon. This will send temperatures up a little more than yesterday, topping out in the lower to middle 70s this afternoon.
Today will be even better for those last-minute shoppers or just anyone outdoors with lighter winds and slightly warmer afternoon temperatures in the lower 70s. Temperatures look to drop back into the 50s by early evening, but shouldn’t drop quite as low.
Good afternoon Southwest Louisiana. A brilliant day is underway with lots of sunshine although still a bit breezy for your outdoor lunch. Temperatures right now are running in the lower to middle 60s with a breezy out of the Northwest between 5 and 15 mph and still occasionally gusty.
Today has the potential for some strong to severe storms to move through Southwest Louisiana by this afternoon ahead of a strong cold front. The entire KPLC viewing is under a low threat of severe weather this afternoon.
As the morning progresses, gusty southerly winds between 15 and 25 mph will help improve visibility and be the indication that change is on the way, as a strong Canadian cold front arrives later this afternoon with some storms developing later this morning and through the afternoon.
With the warm-up already underway as temperatures topped out in the middle 60s on Thursday, lighter jacket weather is back to start our Friday with temperatures averaging out in the upper 40s to lower 50s at the bus stop this morning.
A good amount of sunshine starts the day which will help boost temperatures up out of the 30s and 40s and into the 50s by late morning. It will be another cool day despite the sunshine so you will want to keep a coat around today with afternoon highs up into the lower 60s.
Morning temperatures in the 30s and 40s feel even colder thanks to a blustery north wind that will keep wind chill values in the 30s as we start the day. The good news is that the rain has ended and won’t be returning.
Hour by hour, temperatures should be into the 50s after sunrise and will continue to drop into the 40s through the afternoon, but gusty northerly winds between 15 and 25 mph will make for wind chill values in the upper 30s to around 40 most of the afternoon and evening.