Temperatures to Plunge Below Freezing: Louisiana and Southeast Texas Brace for Cold Snap

By Calcasieu Staff
Published January 12, 2024

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Lake Charles, Louisiana – As the winter season takes hold, residents of Louisiana and Southeast Texas are preparing for a significant drop in temperatures. Weather forecasts predict that by late afternoon on Monday, January 12, the mercury will dip close to freezing, lingering below this threshold throughout the night and into Tuesday afternoon.

The frigid blast of cold air is expected to bring temperatures below freezing for several days in some areas. This sudden drop in temperature is a stark reminder that winter is here to stay. Residents are advised to take necessary precautions to protect themselves, their pets, and their property from the chilling effects of the cold.

With temperatures expected to remain below freezing at least through the night, it is crucial for residents to ensure that their homes are adequately heated. It is recommended to check heating systems, insulate windows and doors, and take extra care when using space heaters or fireplaces. Pipes should also be insulated and water should be dripped overnight during the coldest times.

Road conditions may also be impacted by the freezing temperatures. Motorists are advised to exercise caution while driving, as icy patches and black ice can make roads treacherous. It is advisable to reduce speed, maintain a safe distance from other vehicles, and allow extra time for travel.

Businesses and schools in the affected areas are closely monitoring the situation. Some educational institutions, municipal buildings, and businesses may announce closures.

While the cold snap may bring inconvenience and discomfort, it is essential to remember the importance of staying warm and safe during this time dressing in layers, and wearing hats and gloves.

It is worth noting that the cold temperatures are not expected to relent on Tuesday afternoon. Weather experts predict that Central Louisiana and upper Southeast Texas will not see temperatures above 32 degrees Fahrenheit for an extended period, if at all. This prolonged cold spell may continue to impact daily activities and outdoor plans.