Anyone unlucky enough to be outside Wednesday night into Thursday morning will get the opportunity to see what single digit temperatures feel like in Baton Rouge.
The low temperature is forecast to be 17 degrees in Louisiana’s capital city and winds could push the wind chill factor to as low as 7 degrees overnight, according to the National Weather Service.
For a brief period Wednesday, the National Weather Service predicted a 30 percent chance of freezing rain Friday morning in the Baton Rouge area. By Wednesday afternoon, the National Weather Service changed the forecast to predict rain arriving after afternoon temperatures rose above freezing.
The wind chill advisory lasts until 9 a.m. Thursday. The temperature could feel five to 10 degrees colder than the actual temperatures in areas north of the Interstate 10 and 12 corridors.
That same wind chill also will make the temperature feel between 9 degrees and 14 degrees colder than the actual temperature in areas south of I-10, according to the National Weather Service.
The rest of south Louisiana will be cold, but not quite as cold as the Baton Rouge area.
Almost all of south Louisiana, with the exception of some southern areas of Terrebonne, Lafourche, Jefferson, Plaquemines and St. Bernard parishes, were under a hard freeze warning Wednesday evening, meaning temperatures were expected to hit 25 degrees or lower. Even those southern extremities of the state were under a freeze warning with temperatures of 32 degrees or lower.
Governor Bobby Jindal released a statement Wednesday warning of the possibility of icy conditions in the northern part of the state.
“We encourage everyone to follow the proper precautions when operating vehicles or going outdoors,” Jindal said. “Safety is our number one priority during this time and we urge individuals to listen and cooperate with our local law enforcement and state officials.”
With the extended period of below freezing temperatures expected, people should protect exposed pipes and make sure to keep space heaters a safe distance from anything flammable.
The East Baton Rouge Parish Animal Control and Rescue Center Director Hilton Cole reminded people that pets should be taken inside. If a pet is used to being outside, there must be good shelter, bedding and heat made available to the animal. It’s also important to make sure the shelter provides protection against the prevailing winds, according to the center.
Colder weather will remain in much of south Louisiana through the rest of the week, slowly getting warmer as chances of rain increase this weekend.
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