Much of Louisiana, including Beauregard and Vernon Parishes, woke up Friday to a coating of fresh snow as an expected rain-sleet system turned into the fluffy stuff in the wee hours of the morning.

Snow angels were the yard decoration of the day as kids from Hornbeck to Ragley headed outdoors.

Slowly warming temperatures had the melt under way by 9 a.m. and all but the most protected accumulations likely will be gone by late afternoon as the mercury soars to nearly 45 degrees.

Officials urge residents to exercise caution as temperatures begin to dip in early evening, heading toward an early Saturday low of 25-28 degrees under clear skies.

A warmer day is in store Saturday, with the high near 60, and another sub-freezing night is on tap Saturday night.