To call our Wednesday anything less than a brutal Hoth-like icescaped-nightmare would be, in my opinion, a vast understatement. This morning’s low temperature of -11° matched our record low temperature for the day, set back in 1935 and wind chills fell below -25° at times early on this morning.
Today’s high temperature of 5° marked our coldest day in Lafayette in nearly four years; the last time temperatures failed to reach 6° during a given 24 hour period in the Star City was January 6th, 2015. If you'll remeber, that was the same day in which wind chills plummeted to near -50°.
Fortunately (and I use that term very loosely), overnight lows aren’t expected to dip quite as far as this morning’s; we’ll fall to -5° in Lafayette with calm winds and increasing cloud cover. Eventually, our winds will shift southward and help drive temperatures back into the upper teens and low 20s.
We’ll tip the scales at 18° in Lafayette tomorrow afternoon under primarily overcast conditions. However, the aforementioned southerly wind flow will drive Thursday’s temperatures near 15° higher than today’s! Unfortunately, that high of 18° will remain nearly 20° below our average for Thursday afternoon. I’d get used to the bitterly cold temperatures folks, they’re not going anywhere anytime soon…