NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - After a high of 79 on Sunday, we are back to reality as the calendar says we are still in winter.
On Monday, expect temperatures to fall into the upper 40s. Moist air riding over the cold air at the surface will allow for a cold drizzle for most of the day making it very uncomfortable to start the week. Temperatures to the north and west drop to the freezing point overnight into Tuesday morning creating an opportunity for some light freezing rain near the Mississippi state line and to the north and west of Baton Rouge.
Winter weather watches,warnings and advisories are posted from Lafayette to Alexandria, then northeast throughout the I-20 corridor.
The cold, wet weather holds on into the middle of the week. A reinforcing shot of cold air moves in Wednesday.
Also, a strong Gulf low will bring up to 1-3 inches of rain mid-day Wednesday through Thursday morning. That air will dry us out for the end of the week.
Thursday through Saturday will be much drier. Temperatures slowly warm towards the weekend as well.
The active weather pattern also leads to rocky seas off shore. Small craft advisories are in place and likely to continue.