StormTracker Team Forecast…Veterans Day will consist of clouds, sun, and above-normal temperatures. Rain chance will be quite low during the day – around 20%; However, that will change this evening as a strong cold front will quickly move in and out of our area. Scattered to numerous showers are likely later this evening through early Tuesday morning. While showers pass through, temperatures will drop from the 60s to the 30s by daybreak. In wake of the front, winds will pick up out of the north around 15 to 20 miles per hour (m.p.h.), making it feel much colder.
As moisture exits the area, we could see a brief mix of sleet and cold rain, but no impacts are expected from this.
Wake-up temperatures on Tuesday will be in the mid and upper 30s and wind chills will be in the 20s. Temperatures won’t warm up much throughout the day, even with some sunshine. High temperatures will be in the low and mid-40s, but again, it will feel much colder.
A freeze, potentially a hard freeze north of I-12, can be expected Tuesday night through Wednesday morning. Forecast lows will be in the mid and upper 20s for most of the area. Some areas closer to the coast may only drop into the lower 30s, but either way, temperatures will be below-freezing.
The National Weather Service in Slidell says a Freeze Watch will likely be issued later today, but you should begin to make preparations now.
When making preparations for cold weather, remember the 5 P’s:
Protect People: This one is obvious, but be sure to check on others – those without heat, elderly, etc.. Also, wear layers on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Protect Pets: If it’s too cold for you, it’s too cold for them. If they absolutely must be outdoors, make sure you provide a warm and dry place for them to shelter. Also, be sure to face their shelter AWAY from the wind. Make preparations for livestock animals and provide a warm and dry place for shelter.
Protect Plants: Bring your plants indoors. If you cannot, be sure to cover them with a sheet or a blanket.
Protect Pipes: We are not anticipating any widespread pipe issues, but with the potential for a brief hard freeze, you may want to prepare. You can wrap any exposed pipes outdoors. Also, open your kitchen sink cabinets to allow heat from your home to keep the pipes warm. Let water drip from faucets, even if it’s at a trickle.
Practice Fire Safety: Be sure to unplug any space heaters, keep them away from curtains or any linens. For more, click here.