Thawing out over the weekend

Frigid night ahead
Frigid night ahead
Published: Feb. 18, 2021 at 9:38 PM CST
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SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) - After what will be remembered as probably the greatest five-day stretch of cold and winter weather in the history of the ArkLaTex, we should begin to dry out and warm up. Not so much tonight as a record low is possible Friday morning. But as we go through the weekend and into next week temperatures will quickly rebound into the 60s by Tuesday.

Just to put the epic week in perspective, Shreveport saw its coldest morning in 91 years Tuesday, and many of us have not been above freezing in five days. In addition, while we had a ‘slizzard’ yesterday in Shreveport, northern parts of the region have seen back-to-back major snowstorms. In fact, all along the I-30 corridor, we have seen widespread two storm totals of over TWENTY inches of snow. It is truly unprecedented the level of cold and winter weather we have seen.

Now as we close out the week we are still going to be dealing with cold all across the region. After temperatures barely crossed the freezing mark Thursday afternoon we could see another record low on the way Friday morning with forecast lows down in the teens. After that brutal start temperatures will again be very cold during the afternoon with only mid to upper 30s expected for most of the region, but with sunshine at above freezing temperatures some melting is expected.

Now as we go through the weekend the slow warmup for the region should begin to really kick into gear. Temperatures on Saturday should be able to get up to around the 40-degree mark, with a potential run to near 50 on Sunday looking more and more likely. We should be dry over the weekend with the real exception coming Sunday night where some RAIN showers are possible. Road conditions should improve to the point that you can get out again on Sunday, with some caution.

Looking ahead to next week, the warmup will continue unabated for the ArkLaTex. Temperatures Monday will likely get up to near the 60 degree mark with a steady climb through midweek.

So while the cold, snow, and ice are miserable right now, know that relief from Mother Nature is on the way. Just please in the meantime stay off the roads into conditions improve and stay warm. Have a great night!

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