NEW ORLEANS — We're in store for a HUGE temperature swing. Afternoon highs today climbed to the upper 70s and low 80s...only a degree off of record high at MSY when we reached 82°! Now we may see record lows on the Northshore Wednesday morning. An Arctic cold front is on the march south, moving through the area starting before midnight and south of the coast before daybreak. The high for the day tomorrow will be set around midnight and the low will be set just before midnight later than night. Temps will plummet through the day. Tomorrow looks cold and raw with strong winds making it feel more like the 30s all afternoon. We may start to clear from under overcast skies by tomorrow evening. First freeze of the season on the Northshore, MS, River parishes and even northern Bayou parishes away from the coast Wednesday morning. These locations are expected to drop into the mid and upper 20s. Pipes will need to be protected here along with people, pets, and plants everywhere. The good news is we are not expecting any other freezes for the rest of the week. Highs on Wednesday afternoon with sunny skies will climb to near 50 and we'll wake up with 30s and 40s Thursday morning, but above 32°. Looks as though we'll remain on the cool side for the remainder of the 7 day.

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DETAILED FORECAST:

TONIGHT:

Mostly cloudy skies. Mild temps this evening, getting colder overnight. 40% chance for showers late and overnight. Turning windy late. Low: 60s, falling to the 30s/40s by Tue. morning. Winds: N 10-20+.

TUESDAY:

40% pre-dawn showers, then dry. Cloudy skies and windy, raw. Afternoon High: 45. Winds: 15-25+.

WEDNESDAY:

Freeze North, West. Frost South. Breezy. Sunny and cold. Low: S 35, N 25. High: 50.

THURSDAY:

A cold morning. Above freezing. Increasing clouds. Breezy. 30% chance for mainly coastal showers. Low: S 42, N 36. High: 54.

FRIDAY:

Early clouds, then sunny. Breezy early. Very pleasant! Low: S 43, N 37. High: 57.

SATURDAY:

Sunny skies, gorgeous! Breezy. Low: S 42, N 36. High: 60.

SUNDAY:

Mostly sunny skies. Very nice! Low: S 47, N 39. High: 64.

MONDAY:

Partly to mostly cloudy skies. Low: S 51, N 45. High: 66.

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