A FREEZE WARNING is in effect from midnight tonight until 8:00 AM Saturday morning.
Sub-freezing temperatures as low as 27 can be expected in portions of southern Mississippi and southeast Louisiana, including Lafourche Parish, Louisiana.
Frost and freeze conditions can kill crops and other sensitive vegetation, and can possibly damage unprotected outdoor plumbing.
Take steps now to protect tender plants from the cold. To prevent freezing and possible bursting of outdoor water pipes they should be wrapped, drained, or allowed to drip slowly. Those that have in-ground sprinkler systems should drain them and cover above- ground pipes to protect them from freezing.
Click HERE to view the official alert from the National Weather Service.
Click HERE to view our Winter Weather Preparedness Page.
UPDATE: Highway 20 is now open to traffic.
Highway 20 in Chackbay is closed to traffic in both directions in the 1200 block until further notice.
All motorists should use an alternate route.
COLD WEATHER SAFETY
Cold weather can bring extreme cold, freezing rain, snow, ice, and high winds, and can create a higher risk of car accidents, hypothermia, frostbite, carbon monoxide poisoning, heart attacks from overexertion, as well as be a contributing factor to house fires when heating appliances are not properly used.
Protect yourself and your loved ones during a cold weather. Take extra steps to make sure you heat your home safely, and follow the tips below.
Heat your home safely. If you plan to use a wood stove, fireplace, or space heater, be extremely careful. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions and remember these safety tips:
If you need to report a fire or medical emergency, please call 9-1-1.
1. Stay off roads.
Prepare your home to keep out the cold with insulation, caulking, and weather stripping. Learn how to keep pipes from freezing. Install and test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors with battery backups.
Stay off roads if at all possible.
Frostbite causes loss of feeling and color around the face, fingers, and toes. Signs of frostbite include numbness, white or grayish-yellow skin and/or firm or waxy skin. If you suspect you have frostbite, go to a warm room. Soak in warm water or use body heat to warm yourself. Do not massage or use a heating pad.