How to make preparations ahead of the hard freeze

Tonight: Mostly cloudy and chilly. Morning temperatures in the mid 40s. Winds may be gusty at times.  

Wednesday: Winter officially begins around 3:48 PM CST – it will certainly feel like winter, although it will be milder than what’s to come. High temperatures will be in the upper 50s to around 60 degrees.  Overnight temperatures will be in the 40s.   

Thursday: A strong cold front will bring Arctic air down to the Gulf Coast. The front will likely blast through our area sometime Thursday evening. Temperatures will drop like a rock over the span of just a few hours. A shower or two is possible ahead of the front. The snow chance will stay well to our north. Late night and overnight temperatures will drop down into the teens and 20s. Protect people, pets, plants, and pipes! The wind will make it feel like the single digits and lower 10s and teens. Wind chill alerts will likely be issued.  

Friday – Christmas Day: Very cold air will stay in place and highs will likely stay at or below freezing Friday through midday Saturday – This means a long duration freeze is expected. Wind chills will be in the single digits and teens Friday and possibly again Saturday morning.  Afternoon highs will be in the mid 30s on Saturday. Highs on Christmas Day will be in the 40s. Another hard freeze is expected Christmas Eve night and Christmas night/Monday will likely bring a freeze to our area. Make sure you make preparations before the cold arrives and before you leave town. If proper precautions are not taken, pipes may burst, animals can suffer or die, and people can get hypothermia or frost bite.

 

Next Week: Another moderate to hard freeze expected Christmas night/Monday morning, but high temperatures and low temperatures will begin to climb after Monday morning’s freeze. By the middle of next week we will be in the 60s again.