Grab your coats! Coldest weather of season coming to Baton Rouge _lowres

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- Andre Mason and Allecia Hayes try to keep warm on their way to the Main Library on Goodwood Blvd. Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014.

A hard freeze warning is in place for Lafayette because of the cold air mass that moving into the state that also has the Baton Rouge and New Orleans areas under a freeze warning from Thursday evening until Friday morning.

For southeast Louisiana, including Baton Rouge, temperatures will fall into the mid 20 to lower 30s overnight and the freezing temperatures could last up to eight hours. Sensitive plants and animals should be taken inside or protected.

For Lafayette, a hard freeze warning is in place from midnight to 8 a.m. Friday with temperatures expected in the low to mid 20s overnight.

With the arrival of colder weather, the State Fire Marshal is reminding people to be cautious while staying warm. Keep any flammables at least three feet from any heat source, avoid using the kitchen oven to heat homes, have chimneys and other heating equipment cleaned and inspected and when leaving a room or going to bed make sure to turn off all portable heaters.

In Baton Rouge, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul will offer expanded hours and bed capacity for their three homeless shelters during the cold weather period. They are expecting beds to be filled and will make room for “emergency cases,” according to a news release.

People who want to donate to the society’s homeless program are asked to help with blankets, twin bed sheets and towels, along with items like soap and shampoo. More information is available at 225.383.7837.

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