Some of the coldest temperatures Louisiana has seen so far are being observed this morning. Some areas are reporting near single digit temperatures while coastal areas are not warmer than the 20’s to start the day off. Lake Charles National Weather Service forecaster Robert Megnia says the entire state is waking up to a chilly morning.
"It's going to be in the low 20s here in Lake Charles. Probably going to feel closer to 10 degrees. It's going to feel even colder to the north. So temperatures are going to feel like the single digits like 8 or 9 degrees."
Megnia says after bottoming out this morning, temperatures will slowly rebound across the state over the next 48 hours.
"Looking like we'll have lows below freezing or below definitely for the next two nights in the mid to low 20s. Then it looks like Thursday night it will creep up toward 30."
Meanwhile, if you’re heading out to work this morning, allow for plenty of extra time. DOTD’s Rodney Mallet says if a road is deemed unsafe, you might find your normal route to work may be closed.
"Our guys have worked throughout the night. Whenever we lose a route, we will move and make sure we can keep our priority routes open."
Mallet says even when temperatures above freezing later today, it doesn’t mean the slippery conditions go away immediately.
"It's not like once the temperature gets to 33 degrees, it automatically thaws. It's a lot like when your take your turkey out of the freezer out for Thanksgiving, it takes a while for it to thaw out."