BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Baton Rouge officials are encouraging people to make sure they are prepared for the freezing temperatures expected Thanksgiving Day.
The National Weather Service has issued a hard freeze warning for southeast Louisiana, including East Baton Rouge Parish, beginning Wednesday at 7 p.m. and lasting until Thursday at 9 a.m.
"As we begin this holiday season, it is important that we come together as a community while celebrating and take time to check on our neighbors and family members," Mayor Kip Holden said in a written release.
According to the NWS, temperatures will drop below freezing in EBR Parish between 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. and remain below freezing until around 9 a.m.
The area's coldest weather of the fall will plunge lows in the mid 20s overnight. People should be prepare for freezing temps Thursday night into Friday morning as well.
Holden is also asking people to exercise caution as they prepare feasts for the holiday.
"As many people will be cooking meals for family and friends, we must be extremely careful while doing so and remember to keep children away from hot surfaces, keep a fire extinguisher close by and keep cooking done outdoors away from structure," Holden added.
The mayor urges all citizens to remain Red Stick Ready and to take this opportunity to review their Family Disaster Plans and Supply Kits.