Freeze warnings could be issued this week for Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Lafayette as low temperatures plunge into 20s _lowres

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Brencia Vessell, right, and Kyla Vessell, 5, bundle up against the cold weather in Baton Rouge on Jan. 6, 2014.

Might as well keep those winter coats handy, the rest of the week in south Louisiana is going to be a bit chilly starting Monday evening with lows around 30.

Monday morning started out with temperatures of 33 degrees in Baton Rouge, 39 in New Orleans and 34 in Lafayette. Conditions weren’t expected to get too much warmer throughout the day as a result of a cold front that moved through the area over the weekend.

A second arctic air mass will move into south Louisiana Wednesday evening and drop temperatures again. The low temperatures could prompt freeze warnings to be issued, according to the National Weather Service.

Overnight Wednesday and into Thursday morning, temperatures will dip to 23 degrees in Baton Rouge, 27 degrees in New Orleans and 24 degrees in Lafayette. Thursday evening temperatures will bring a slight warming, but south Louisiana will still be in the high 20s to the mid 30s come Friday morning.

Temperatures are forecast to bounce out of the freezing range Friday as chances of rain increase across south Louisiana.

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