The snow is over... now get ready for a hard freeze

The snow is over... now get ready for a hard freeze

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - A hard freeze is expected overnight for parts of the Metro Area of New Orleans

The National Weather Service said a freeze warning is in effect from 6 p.m. on Friday until 4 a.m. on Saturday.

"Much colder air is moving into the region and due to the winter weather temperatures will begin to fall across the area soon. Once the sun sets temperatures will begin to fall and should drop below freezing by or before 8pm over much of the Hard Freeze warned area, mainly along and north of the Interstate 10/12 corridor. Temperatures will fall through the night and once clouds clear out overnight could continue to plummet into the lower 20s over a large chunk of southwest Mississippi and northern portions of the Florida parishes. Any location that still has snow or sleet on the ground could see lows approach 20. One significant concern is black ice. There will be quite a bit of residual moisture on the ground. Once the temperatures fall below freezing bridges, overpasses, and any other elevated roadway with water on it will quickly begin to freeze. As the night continues surface streets will even develop slick as temperatures drop into the mid 20s."

* TEMPERATURE...26 to 32
* DURATION...10 to 14 hours

* IMPACTS...Freezing temperatures could kill
sensative vegetation. Also any moisture that remains on elevated roads, bridges, and overpasses could turn into black ice.

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.

Beware of black ice that will form on roads, especially bridges and overpasses.

Remember to check on friends and loved ones who might need your assistance dealing with the freezing temperatures.

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