Louisiana is experiencing another very cold day, and it looks to stay this way and get even chillier into the New Year. State Climatologist Barry Keim says the polar vortex has arrived with a vengeance and it's going to affect us for at least the next week and perhaps even longer.
"High temperatures across Louisiana Wednesday will only reach into the 40s," said Keim. "We'll have a freeze across northern parishes tomorrow morning, with only upper 30s and low 40s south and much the same for Friday."
Keim says another cold front is expected to sweep across the state Sunday, bringing in even cooler air.
"And there is a slight chance for mixed precipitation including freezing rain on Sunday night across the northern half of the state," said Keim.
Keim says on Monday, New Years Day and into Tuesday, the state is expected to see the coldest temperatures so far this season. He says thermometers are slated to read in the low 20s along the I-20 corridor Tuesday morning, and low 30s in the coastal zone.
"Bottom line, winter is here," said Keim. "This is definitely a pets, plants, pipes and people kind-of situation."