Cold front expected tonight

Published 4:48 am Wednesday, January 19, 2022

A cold front is expected to push through the area this evening into early Thursday morning, accompanied by a squall line that may bring a slight chance of tornadoes, along with damaging winds and large hail, officials said Tuesday.

During a briefing Tuesday on Facebook Live, National Weather Service Lake Charles Meteorologist Donald Jones said there is a marginal risk for severe weather across Southeast Texas and Southwest Louisiana. He said up to an inch of rain is expected, with no significant threat of flooding.

Lingering showers behind the front in the cold air could become freezing rain or sleet Thursday evening into Friday morning, Jones said. Low temperatures are forecast in the upper 20s, with wind chill values in the teens.

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Low temperatures on Friday are expected to be in the mid to upper 20s.

Jones said the freezing rain is a larger threat because it can cause black ice on roadways.