No white Christmas for SW La.

By By Johnathan Manning / American Press

Once again, Southwest Louisiana will have to settle for cool temperatures instead of a white Christmas.

Forecasts from the National Weather Service call for “generally pleasant” weather the next few days. Temperatures are expected

to hover in the low to mid 50s today and Christmas Day.

Expectations are for “a generally

pleasant forecast for the upcoming week with dry and cool conditions

across the area,” according

to a weather report released Monday by the Lake Charles weather

center.

Christmas Eve is expected to be sunny with a high around 52 degrees, and Christmas Day is expected to be mostly sunny with

a high around 54 degrees. Rain is not expected either day.

Low temperatures both days are expected to drop into the 30s.

If forecasts hold true, Christmas Day temperatures will be just below the average of 58.7 that the area has seen over the

last 10 years. Christmas Day highs reached 74 degrees in both 2012 and 2008 and 43 degrees in 2004.

Temperatures are expected to remain in the 50s the rest of the week.