Hard freeze: How low did it go?

Updated at 9:50 a.m. — How cold did it get?

Try 19 degrees in Baton Rouge, 20 in Lafayette and 24 in New Orleans, according to the National Weather Service.

Baton Rouge was officially a degree warmer than forecasted, but still broke a record set on this date in 1970, while New Orleans got close to its record of 23 also set that same year.

Lafayette won’t hit its record of 17 degrees set in 1924, said meteorologist Jim Sweeney of the National Weather Service’s Lake Charles office. With a low of 20, New Iberia just missed its record of 19 set for this date in 1970.

Slidell got down to 17 degrees, breaking a record of 20 set in 1970.

And those are just the officials temperatures, meteorologist Tim Destri, of the National Weather Service’s Slidell office, said.

Temperatures reported by unofficial weather stations around the area were sometimes lower, he said. For example, in Livington Parish, Walker saw a temperature of 17. West Feliciana High School reported 16 degrees at 5 a.m. “I don’t know if that was their low,” Destri said.

Franklinton reported 14 degrees, he said.

While temperatures will climb throughout the day, rising above freezing, forecasts call for another hard freeze overnight in many areas.

“We call a hard freeze when it is 26 or lower for about 3 hours or longer,” Destri said.

Baton Rouge could see another record low on Wednesday morning, but New Orleans won’t, Destri said. “Baton Rouge is likely to be a longer hard freeze.”

The forecasted 20 degree low in Baton Rouge for Wednesday would tie the record set on that date in 1970, “so apparently 1970 was pretty cold,” he said. But it was even colder in New Orleans on that date — 17 degrees — and the forecast is only for a low of 26.

The forecasts call for 24 in Lafayette and 27 in New Iberia on Wednesday morning.

Destri predicted that after Wednesday, warm weather should return.

“Basically once we get through tonight, we have a nice warming trend coming.. Temperatures will be back in the 60s. Definitely on Thursday we should be back in the 60s and possibly the low 70s this weekend.

“By Friday or the weekend, we will probably start seeing some rain again,” he added.