Hard freeze expected for much of Louisiana

Hard freeze expected for much of Louisiana

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The Louisiana Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) is asking residents to prepare themselves for another round of severe winter weather. The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a hard freeze warning or freeze warning for much of Louisiana. The freeze is expected to last several hours beginning at 9 p.m. and ending around 6 a.m. Tuesday.

"Remember to check on friends and loved ones who may need your assistance dealing with the freezing temperatures," said GOHSEP Director Kevin Davis.

Temperatures will reach lows of around 24 degrees in extreme southwest Mississippi and east central Louisiana. The freeze is expected to  last eight to 10 hours.

These conditions will kill crops and other sensitive vegetation. The long duration of sub freezing temperatures may also cause damage to exposed water pipes if they are not wrapped.

Be careful heating your home. Keep space heaters at least 36 inches away from anything that can burn. Turn it off anytime you leave the room or go to bed.

Pipes should be wrapped or drained to prevent freezing and possible bursting of outdoor water pipes.

Bring pets inside and take special precautions with livestock.

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