Record-setting cold temperatures falling on south Louisiana

Record-setting cold temperatures falling on south Louisiana
NBC33 Staff
Weather Talk

POSTED: Monday, January 6, 2014 - 6:50pm

UPDATED: Monday, January 6, 2014 - 6:57pm

Our first Monday of 2014 was a COLD one. Morning lows dipped into the low to mid-20s, while afternoon highs only reached the low to mid-30s.

Even colder lows will fall on the area Tuesday morning. Temperatures are forecast to drop into the mid to upper-teens--breaking the old, 1970 record of 20º in Baton Rouge.

By 10:00 p.m. this evening, temperatures will tumble into the 20s across the Capitol area.

Our NBC33 Futurecast model suggests lows will dip into the upper-teens along the 1-10/I-12 cooridor and mid-20s along the Hwy 90 cooridor.

I'm forecasting temperatures to drop a little cooler, due to winds calming and skies clearing tonight. Here's my official forecast for your overnight.

Due to the forecast deep freeze, the National Weather Service in New Orleans has issued a Hard Freeze Warning for the entire area until 9:00 a.m. Tuesday. 

A hard freeze means temperatures will be hazardous and life threatening for persons, livestock and pets. Property loss is possible from frozen pipes and plumbing. Horticultural and agricultural losses can be significant without proper mitigation measures. 

With winds staying gusty, as the shift eastward, a Wind Chill Advisory is also in effect for southeast Louisiana until 9:00 a.m. Tuesday.

A wind chill advisory means that very cold air and strong winds will combine to generate low wind chills or feels-like temperatures. This will result in frost bite and lead to hypothermia, if precautions are not taken.  

In southeast Louisiana, winds chills are forecast to range from 8º-15º through Tuesday morning.  Bundle up!

Here are some quick, cold safety tips to keep in mind during these chilly days.

  • People: Stay indoors. If you must venture outside, bundle up with multiple layers, like hats, gloves, and scarves.
    • Be particularly careful with portable heaters; there is danger of fire or poisonous fumes.
  • Pets: Bring your pets inside or provide them with a place to seek shelter from the cold. If you are cold, then your pets are cold.
  • Plants: Bring your temperature sensitive plants indoors or cover themm with an old sheet/blanket. Water the roots to help prevent frost.
  • Pipes: Wrap exposed pipes with isulation. Let your faucets drip to allow water to flow and prevent freezing.

Temperatures are forecast to steadily climb as we head through the rest of the workweek. Check the latest forecast here.

 

Follow Meteorologist Kyle Myers on Facebook at www.facebook.com/weathermanmyers.

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