New Orleans is bracing for another shot of cold weather as temperatures sink to at or below freezing starting overnight Friday (Jan. 12). A freeze warning is in place Friday night for New Orleans and the surrounding area.
The National Weather Service’s Slidell office has forecasted overnight freeze conditions and frigid temperatures as a strong cold front moves through the region. Temperatures will be in the lower 30s and upper 20s every night over the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday weekend and headed into next week.
Expect freezing temps mainly after 9 p.m. Friday night and after 8 p.m. Saturday night. Factor in wind chill, and “feels like” temperatures will be around 20 in New Orleans Saturday and Sunday morning.
Forecasters noted the cold could result in damage to citrus and other sensitive agricultural crops. Home gardeners are advised to cover sensitive plants or bring them indoors.
Here in New Orleans, we’re in the lull before Carnival really kicks in, giving us time to stay inside and relax or at least attend activities that are mostly indoors. Read about six fun things to do around New Orleans this weekend (all of which are indoors).
Here’s the full weekend weather outlook.
Friday night – Mostly clear with a low around 32. North wind at 15 miles per hour.
Saturday – Clear, high near 44.
Saturday night – Clear, low around 29. North wind 10 to 15 mph.
Sunday – Widespread frost after midnight. Clear, with a low around 34.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day – Widespread frost before 8 a.m. Sunny, high near 54.
Read the National Weather Service’s full 7-day forecast.
Cold and breezy conditions arrive this morning, lingering through the weekend. Freeze warning tonight, with hard freeze warning likely Sat night/Sun morning. A cold week ahead. #lawx #mswx pic.twitter.com/qzlUzsLa0T
— NWS New Orleans (@NWSNewOrleans) January 12, 2018