A wintry mix of rain, sleet and even snow is possible in southeast Louisiana Tuesday night (Jan. 16) as the strong weekend cold front is followed by another blast of frigid polar air early next week.
The latest update from the National Weather Service’s Slidell office says there is a chance of a light mix of rain, sleet and snow on Tuesday and Tuesday night along with another moderate to hard freeze. Wind chill will make for bitter “feels like” temperatures.
Where would Tuesday snow be most likely? The National Weather Service says accumulating light snow and sleet is most likely to fall in southwest Mississippi and on the North Shore, in the Florida parishes adjacent to the Mississippi border. However, forecasters said areas further south could also be in store for wintry precipitation.
The National Weather Service did hedge its prediction, noting forecasts that are multiple days out are less reliable. While they’re fairly certain temps will dip below freezing Friday night, forecasters still consider the chance for sleet and snow a “low confidence” prediction.
A freeze warning is currently in place Friday night and a freeze watch was added for Saturday night in New Orleans and other areas south of Lake Pontchartrain, where overnight lows are expected to be at or below freezing. Longer freezes are expected Saturday night and Sunday morning as well.
Here are forecasted Friday night lows for the New Orleans area.
New Orleans/Metairie: 31 degrees
Slidell: 26 degrees
Covington: 26 degrees
Hammond: 28 degrees
LaPlace: 31 degrees
Read the National Weather Service’s full 7-day forecast.
Entergy New Orleans is encouraging customers in the city to keep their energy bills in mind when turning up the heat. Blasting the heat this weekend could result in sticker shock a month from now.
Here are Entergy’s tips for conserving energy (and saving your wallet) during unseasonably cold temps.
- Seal air leaks. Install weather stripping around your doors, windows and any location where there may be a path between the inside and outside of your home or business.
- Adjust the thermostat. Grab a sweater or blanket to stay warm, and set the thermostat to 68 degrees. Every degree higher increases your bill by up to 3 percent.
- Conserve hot water. Wrap your electric water heater with a water heater blanket that can be found at local home improvement stores and set the thermostat to 120 degrees or medium.
- Keep doors and windows closed. Constant traffic will let out the warm air, forcing your heater to work harder.
- Ensure fans are turning the right way. Fans should be run at a low speed clockwise during the winter. This helps keep the cold air from blowing down on you.
- Keep the air circulating. Don’t block heat registers or air returns with curtains or furniture.
- Leverage the sun. During the day, open your curtains and blinds to let in the warm sunlight. Close them at night to reduce heat loss.
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