Temperatures will keep dropping Friday (Jan. 12) in New Orleans as a blast of “polar air” moves into the region, forecasters with the National Weather Service said. A freeze warning has been issued Friday night for the south shore.
The city already has hit its high of 48 degrees for the day. Temperatures are expected to keep falling until they hit 44 degrees after lunch.
The freeze warning is in effect from 9 p.m. Friday until 9 a.m. Saturday. The National Weather Service said freezing temperatures and cold wind chills are expected, along with freezing conditions south of the lake over much of Southeast Louisiana. Temperatures of 29 to 33 degrees are expected for five to eight hours. Read the full freeze warning.
A hard freeze warning is likely for Saturday night into Sunday morning, forecasters said. On the positive side, no rain is expected this weekend in New Orleans.
Forecasters said people should take care of their people, pets, pipes and plants in preparation for the cold weather. Some tips from the National Weather Service:
— To prevent freezing and possible bursting of outdoor pipes, pipes should be wrapped, drained or allowed to drip slowly. Those that have in-ground sprinkler systems should drain their systems or cover any above ground pipes to protect them from freezing.
— Make frequent checks on the elderly. Make sure their furnaces are working and heating the house properly.
— Be particularly careful with portable heaters. There is a danger of fire or poisonous fumes.
— Pets are also subject to the extreme cold. Keep pets indoors as much as possible. If this is not possible, make sure outdoor pets have warm, dry shelter and provide sufficient food and fresh unfrozen water.
Read the full forecast.