It’s going to be a chilly start to the New Year in southeast Louisiana, as the region braces for another blast of wintry weather.
Showers are expected to come to an end Thursday and hold off until late Saturday, according to the National Weather Service. Temperatures will become more moderate on Friday, with highs in the mid-50s in both Baton Rouge and New Orleans. On Saturday, high temperatures should be around 60 degrees, the National Weather Service said.
On Sunday afternoon, colder air will enter the region, and showers will again be likely later in the day. Rain could possibly change to freezing rain or sleet “for a very short window,” depending on the timing of the colder air, the National Weather Service said. On Thursday morning, forecasters said that it seems more likely the precipitation will end before the cold air arrives, though that could change.
Lows on Sunday night will drop to around 30 degrees in Baton Rouge and 35 in New Orleans. On Monday, high temperatures are only expected to reach the upper 30s in Baton Rouge and the low 40s in New Orleans, the National Weather Service said.
On Monday night, temperatures are expected to plummet into the low 20s in Baton Rouge and upper 20s in New Orleans. Some areas of south Louisiana could see low temperatures in the teens, which would be some of the coldest temperatures recorded since January 2015, forecasters said.
The record low for Jan. 1 in Baton Rouge is 19, set in 1984. In New Orleans, the record low for Jan. 1 is 21, set in 1984 as well.
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