WEATHER WATCH: Freezing rain in Monday’s forecast ahead of Tuesday’s hard freeze

Published 5:33 pm Sunday, January 14, 2024

Southwest Louisiana is set to experience freezing rain early Monday evening ahead of a hard freeze Tuesday into Wednesday.

National Weather Service Lake Charles office meteorologist Donald Jones said freezing rain is expected to develop across the region Monday afternoon and continue into Monday night. He said an accumulation of no more than .05 of an inch is expected.

“Electrical outages are not expected at this time,” he said. “Elevated roads and bridges could become icy and be subject to closure.”

He said a winter advisory is now in effect for the entire region as temperatures will fall into the low- to mid-20s across the region Tuesday morning and will remain below freezing for 10-20 hours.

Jones said wind chill values will be in the teens Monday morning.

“From about 6 p.m. Monday evening to 4 a.m. or 5 a.m. Tuesday morning, we’re going to continue to have the possibility of freezing rain, about a 30 to 40 percent chance,” he said.

Precautions should be taken to protect pipes, pets, plants and anyone susceptible to extreme cold, he said.