We’re waking up this morning to the coldest day of the year. Overnight low forecast by the National Weather Service for Coushatta was 12 degrees with a wind chill of -4.
A Hard Freeze Watch is in effect from through noon on Saturday. The coldest air of the season is forecast during this timeframe with bitterly cold temperatures and even colder wind chills.
A Wind Chill Watch is in effect for the entire region through Friday morning. Wind chill values will drop near to below zero behind an Arctic cold front as gusty northwest winds combine with cold temperatures in the single digits to lower teens to produce dangerously cold wind chills.
The Natchitoches Parish Forecast:
Friday morning – Mostly clear, with a low around 12. Wind chill values as low as -4.
Friday – Mostly sunny, with a high near 28. Wind chill values as low as -3. Northwest wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.
Friday Night – Mostly cloudy, with a low around 16. Wind chill values as low as 7. North wind 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
Saturday – Mostly sunny, with a high near 37. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph.
Saturday Night – Partly cloudy, with a low around 20.