Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Ken MCullough, right, holds the flag while Don Breaux putts on the 9th green at Webb Park. The golfers were bundled up against the cold weather that is moving into the Baton Rouge area.

Now that the rain has moved on, a strong cold front will help temperatures plunge Monday night across Louisiana.

A hard freeze warning has been issued Monday night for the Baton Rouge area while a freeze warning is in effect for the New Orleans and Lafayette areas, according to the National Weather Service.

The NWS suggests protecting exposed water pipes in addition to plants, pets and people for hard freezes. Lows tonight in the Baton Rouge area are forecast to be 24-26 degrees, and the freezing temperatures will last eight to 10 hours.

In New Orleans and Lafayette, lows are expected to be 30-32 degrees, prompting the freeze warning. A wind advisory is in effect for those two areas Monday until 4 p.m.; winds will be 20-30 mph with some higher gusts.

Highs Monday will be in the upper 40s for all three areas, and the cold air will stick around Tuesday. Highs again will be in the upper 40s for Baton Rouge, New Orleans and Lafayette, and lows will likely prompt more freeze warnings.