Following Tuesday and Tuesday night’s winter storm, Arctic air has plunged into the South. This is the main culprit that allowed for snow to fall in the South in the first place.
On Wednesday, many locations will wake up to temperatures in the single-digits and teens. Numerous record lows are also forecast for several cities, including Little Rock, Jackson, and New Orleans. In fact, a lot of stations haven’t been this cold since February 1996, and some since December 1989.
New Orleans Lakefront Airport also broke a record this morning dropping to a low of 20 degrees. This breaks the previous record of 28 set in 1997. This is also the 4th lowest temp recorded at that station(history back to 1937) #LAwx
— NWS New Orleans (@NWSNewOrleans) January 17, 2018
Temperature will have a tough time recovering in the afternoon. Many locations across the Southeast, with the exception of the Florida Peninsula, will struggle to surpass the freezing mark on Wednesday. Most locations will experience high temperatures in the 20’s. Even record cold high temperatures are forecast for about a dozen cities where there are climate recording weather stations. These cities include: Houston, New Orleans, Mobile, and Montgomery.
The cold air will persist into Thursday before a January thaw takes place starting this weekend. Morning low temperatures for most locations will be a bit milder than Wednesday morning’s lows, ranging from the single-digits in the Tennessee Valley, the teens for the large majority of the Southeast, and in the 20’s along the Gulf Coast. Most areas will thankfully surpass the freezing mark during the afternoon, allowing for most of the snow and ice to melt. High temperatures will be in the 40’s across the Southeast and in the mid to upper 30’s in the Tennessee Valley.
Beyond then the 50’s and 60’s with quieter weather will settle in.
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