A slow warming trend is expected through Saturday, then a strong Arctic cold front moves in New Year's Eve, making for a cold start to 2018.
According to the National Weather Service, Temperatures definitely continue to look VERY cold for New YearsEve through Tuesday. Beyond Wednesday, yet another surge of cold air spills south and possibly will be colder than the early week air mass, as we head from Thursday into Friday.
There will be a chance of light rain or drizzle behind the front, and as temperatures fall below freezing Sunday this may lead to icy conditions.
Temperatures will be down into the low 20s to ring in the new year and with a north wind of 10 miles per hour real feels will be in the low teens.
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Areas along and north of I-20 that see this wintry mix will certainly see the chance for some ice glazing on the roads and maybe some light accumulation, especially on bridges and overpasses. With temperatures in the upper 20s and lower 30s, travel problems could develop. This will keep temperatures cool through Friday afternoon with highs in the middle 50s for most of the region. However, our forecast is done by a meteorologist and it is best to not jump to such an extreme this far out in time. With nighttime temperatures below freezing for the past 5 days, it's beginning to feel a lot like winter! New Years Eve and New Years Day will be rather cold with low temperatures in the teens. By Monday morning single digit wind chills are likely.
Overnight lows will dip into the mid 20s across the Big Country and 30s in the Concho Valley. This means at least two mornings with a hard freeze across most of Southwest Louisiana. Make sure any exposed pipes are protected from the cold.
"If possible, consider amending plans to avoid traveling during this timeframe", according to the notice.