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Baton Rouge poised to break cold weather records on Wednesday morning

Baton Rouge poised to break cold weather records on Wednesday morning
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POSTED: Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 10:25am

UPDATED: Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 10:28am

When you woke up Tuesday morning, you certainly noticed the cooler than normal temperatures across south Louisiana. Brace yourself: even colder weather is on the way Wednesday. In fact, it's going to be so cold the National Weather Service issued a special weather statement for our area for Wednesday morning. 

Now to the numbers. Our StormTracker33 Futurecast calls for a low temperature of 35 degrees Wednesday morning! If we hit 35 degrees, it'll be record-breaking cold for April 16 in Baton Rouge. As of now, the coldest temperature we've seen is 39 degrees, and that record was set on April 16, 1983, in Baton Rouge. Normal temperatures for this time of year are 79 degrees for the high, and 57 degrees for the low. 

The cold front that's pushed into our area has dried out the atmosphere quite a bit, and drier air cools down quickly. By Tuesday night, winds will die down a bit, and that makes it even easier for temperatures to drop quickly. We'll see even cooler temperatures North of Baton Rouge. The projected low temperature overnight in St. Francisville, LA is 33 degrees, and we could hit the freezing mark of 32 degrees in Kentwood, LA. 

Our friends along the coast will see slightly warmer temperatures, but it'll still be cold! We should be in the 40's along the coast overnight. 

So, if you took advantage of the nice temperatures over this past weekend and put new plants out in your yard, you're going to want to take some steps to protect them overnight. You should take the necessary steps to protect sensitive plants overnight by covering them or moving them to a covered location until the cold temperatures have passed. It's also a good idea to make sure any outside animals have a warm place to snuggle up Tuesday night. Take caution with your family as well. If you use space heaters for heat, be sure to follow all safety protocols to keep you and your family safe. 

Luckily, we'll start warming up Wednesday afternoon. We should be well into the 40's by mid-morning on Wednesday. 

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