A blast of Arctic air will sweep into Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes next week, bringing the season's first freezing temperatures, forecasters say.
"We'll go from the mid-70s Monday afternoon all the way to the mid-40s Tuesday afternoon," WWL-TV meteorologist Payton Malone said in a forecast today. "That's a 30-degree drop in less than 24 hours. So you know that cold front is going to mean business, and it is certainly going to bring in the coldest air we've seen so far this season."
And he was referring to the high temperatures. The low temperature will drop to 32 degrees Tuesday night, with 10-15 mph winds making it feel like the upper 20s, according to the National Weather Service.
Temperatures will begin to dip Monday night as rain signals the cold front's arrival, forecasters say. The freezing temperatures won't stay long, though next week will still be the season's coldest. Here's the National Weather Service forecast:
Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 72.
Sunday night: Increasing clouds, with a low around 56.
Monday: A 20 percent chance of showers after 1 p.m. Partly sunny, with a high near 77. East wind around 5 mph.
Monday night: Rain, mainly after midnight. Low around 47. Light and variable wind, becoming north 10-15 mph after midnight. Chance of rain is 90%.
Tuesday: Showers, mainly before 7 a.m. High near 52. Breezy, with a north wind of 15-20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%.
Tuesday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 32. North wind 10-15 mph.
Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 49. Northeast wind 5-10 mph.
Wednesday night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 41. Calm wind.
Thursday: A chance of showers after 7 a.m. Cloudy, with a high near 58.
Thursday night: A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 44. Northeast wind 5-10 mph.
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