Sunshine and 6-9 hours above 32 degrees should allow considerable thawing on Thursday. One more freeze is expected tonight before a milder weekend.
A *WIND CHILL ADVISORY* is in place for the entire forecast area until 9am Thursday morning. Frostbite and hypothermia can occur in as little as 45 minutes due to feels-like temperatures in the teens. Wear a hat, gloves, scarf and multiple loose fitting layers.
Today and Tonight: Thermometers will climb above freezing by noon Thursday. With ample sunshine, there should be a 5 to 6 hour window for the combination of daylight and above freezing temperatures for significant melting and evaporating of ice. Most of what is left on the surface streets should be gone after today and significant improvements should be noted for shaded and elevated areas as well. Highs will top out in the low 40s during the afternoon hours. Winds will be a bit lighter, meaning wind chills will not be an issue during the afternoon, but certainly stay bundled up as it remains cold. Tonight, skies will stay clear and temperatures will dip below freezing after 8pm. Ultimately, look for lows near 27 degrees.
A *HARD FREEZE WARNING* will again be issued Thursday night into Friday morning. Temperatures will get closed to 25 degrees for several hours. Have a warm place for people and pets that otherwise do not. Take precautions to prevent pipes from bursting.
As icicles melt and fall, they present a legitimate danger. Be aware of what is above you! Unfortunately, as large towers are nearby, we in the television biz (and our cars) know this too well! #LaWX #MsWX #cold #ice pic.twitter.com/gKuWcoWPvI— Josh Eachus (@DrJoshWX) January 17, 2018
Up Next: Unlike the cold stretch in early January, this spell was deeper but fortunately shorter. On Friday afternoon, high temperatures will return to the 50s. Saturday morning will be above freezing followed by a mostly cloudy afternoon in the upper 60s. On Sunday, fog will be a nuisance in the morning and then thermometers will stretch for the 70s by afternoon. Previously, it looked like a cold front would bring showers and thunderstorms later in the day but it now appears that the front will arrive later allowing rain to hold off until night. That cold front will clear the area Monday afternoon and temperatures will not be nearly as cold on the other side of that one.