The temperature in Lafayette could fall low enough early Sunday to tie the record low of 21 degrees for January 8 that was set in 1942, according to the National Weather Service.
NWS meteorologist Stephen Cardoni said the low temperature of 24 degrees recorded early Saturday was not enough to break the 1924 record of 17 degrees for January 7, but it is expected to be even colder than 24 degrees early Sunday.
Cardoni credits this deeper drop to less wind and fewer clouds, which he says "act like a blanket" to "buoy" temperatures overnight.
A hard freeze warning will be in effect from 9 p.m. Saturday to 9 a.m. Sunday.
Normally at this time of year the temperature stays above freezing, around 43 degrees, so even if no record is broken, this weekend's cold snap was certainly out of the ordinary, Cardoni said.
By Monday temperatures will be back up to a high of 63 and a high of 73 by Tuesday, according to the forecast. In fact, Cardoni thinks that this weekend will be some of the coldest weather seen this winter.
Across the state, the Baton Rouge-area is also expected to possibly tie the record early Synday for cold temperatures on January 8. That record cold temperature of 20 degrees was experienced in both 2014 and 2015.
Though the Lafayette record has been in place longer than the one in Baton Rouge, Cardoni said temperatures dropped about this low in 2014, though not low enough to break it.
"All it takes is a degree and you tie or break a record," he said.
New Orleans, on the other hand, will not be anywhere near the 1970 record of 17 degrees, with a forecast of 33 degrees on Saturday night and Sunday morning.