Cold weather approaching SW La.

By By Warren Arceneaux / American Press

A cold front due to arrive next week will bring the coldest weather the area has seen in several years, with temperatures expected to fall into the low 20s. Jonathan Brazzell, meteorologist at the National Weather Service, said the temperature should begin to drop Sunday.

 

“We should get the coolest air we have seen in the area for the past couple of years,” Brazzell said. “We should begin to feel the cold air beginning Sunday through Monday morning, when the temperature should bottom out in the mid- to upper-20s. The high on Monday may not get into the 40s, the temperature will be in the 30s for most of the day. Tuesday morning we will see temperatures in the low- to mid-20s area-wide. That should be the peak of the cold air, then things will begin to warm up starting Wednesday. We will see strong winds Sunday with the front arriving, but that should die down before we get the real cold air. Monday morning wind chill will be around the mid- to upper-teens, then in the mid-teens Tuesday.”

 

Brazzell said no freezing rain or snow is expected.

 

Residents should start preparing for the freezing temperatures right now.

 

“If your house is not built on a slab and is elevated, now is a good time to start wrapping pipes up if they are exposed to the elements,” he said. “During the event, be mindful of your plants, pipes and pets. Be very conscious with space heaters and how you heat a home. We see a lot of fires caused by space heaters when it gets this cold. Avoid using stoves or ovens to heat your home if you have other options.”

The American Red Cross of Southwest Louisiana offers the following tips for dealing with the cold weather:

 

For more information, visit redcross.org or call 526-5512.