PORT ARTHUR —
Port Arthur’s Salvation Army is asking for winter wear donations to give to those in need during cold weather — especially since another cold front is expected to move into the area this weekend.
Major John Fuller said the Salvation Army at 3145 25th St., Port Arthur, still has a few coats to distribute, but has no blankets at all and could use hats and gloves.
Donations are accepted at the Salvation Army, or at Munro’s Dry Cleaners, 3108 FM 365, Nederland, in front of Central Mall.
The run on warm clothing started this weekend when an arctic cold front blast into much of the nation, including Southeast Texas, where temperatures plummeted to a low of 22 degrees Monday.
By Monday afternoon, the day’s high, 37, had tied a record for the highest low set in 1971, Donald Jones, meteorologist with the National Weather Service’s Lake Charles office, said.
Below freezing temperatures are expected to continue through Tuesday morning, with a slight warming trend beginning in the afternoon.
According to Jones, Tuesday afternoon will warm up to about 43 degrees, with nighttime lows about 32 or 33.
A wind shift back to the south will bring warmer temperatures Wednesday, and get progressively warmer toward the weekend.
With those warmer temperatures comes another chance of rain by Friday evening, and into Saturday.
“This will being in another cold front, but not nearly as strong,” Jones said.
Though a warming trend is on the way, the Port Arthur area remains under a hard freeze warning through Tuesday, the result of arctic air traveling southward across the snow-covered fields of the Great Plains.
Continued dangerous cold weather was forecast for Monday through Tuesday, according to the NWS.
Temperatures during the hard freeze are expected to be between 18 and 25 degrees.
The Weather Service recommends that caution be exercised during cold weather. Space heaters should be at least 36 inches from anything that can burn, and turned off at bedtime.
To prevent freezing and possible bursting of outdoor water pipes, pipes should be wrapped or drained.
Pets should be brought indoors if at all possible, and vegetation should be protected.