Mardi Gras: Hard freeze tonight; Severe weather threat tomorrow

Weather

Tonight – Hard Freeze. Potential for black ice and slick roads as all wet surfaces re-freeze. Broken clouds. Lows near 22.

Tomorrow – Possible wintry precipitation early morning. Strong to severe thunderstorms late afternoon. All modes of severe weather are possible especially hail and heavy rain. Temperatures climb above freezing. Highs near 50.

Extended – We had record cold for our Mardi Gras. We started at 20° and only climbed to 27°. Another Hard Freeze has been issued for the area until 8:00 am on Wednesday. Temperatures will remain in the 20s overnight. Roadways, driveways and sidewalks will remain icy. Because of the cold, a brief window of wintry precipitation is possible mainly north of the I-10/12 Corridor. Little to no accumulation is expected. The good news – we’ll have a decent period tomorrow were temperatures will climb above freezing – frozen precipitation can melt. However, by Wednesday afternoon, we have the potential for severe weather. All modes of severe weather are possible especially large hail and heavy rain. Storms will clear before 10 pm. Temperatures will rapidly drop again on the backside of the passing cold front. Expect temperatures to remain well-below normal until the weekend. Overnight lows will sink into the 20s for Thursday and Friday nights. A quieter weather pattern with some sunshine arrives by Sunday. Daytime highs will return into the 60s.

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