River Parishes brace for freezing temperatures

Published 3:48 pm Thursday, November 13, 2014

A light freeze is expected this evening as a result of a cold air mass traveling into the area.

The National Weather Service forecasts freezing temperatures falling into the lower 30s and 20s to impact St. John Parish briefly tonight.

Freezing temperatures will make a reappearance on Monday and Tuesday behind a low pressure system that will move across the state Saturday and Sunday. Although extreme rainfall is not expected, the low pressure system could bring rainfall amounts of 1-2 inches to the area for the weekend.

Another light freeze is forecasted for Monday and Tuesday and dry, cool weather will continue for the remainder of next week. No wintery precipitation is predicted to accompany the cool weather at this time.

Residents are advised to take freeze preparedness measures at home and work.

Preparations include wrapping and protecting exposed pipes, protecting sensitive plants and crops and safely sheltering outdoor pets and farm animals.

Proper use of heating equipment is urged to avoid fires. Motorists are asked to use caution when venturing outdoors and commuting to work and school.

Residents can sign up to receive emergency notifications to their home phone, cell phone, email or SMS text messaging device. Residents may sign up for the service by visiting the homepage of the Parish’s website at sjbparish.com and clicking “Stay Connected.”