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Hard freeze with temperatures at or below freezing expected

A hard freeze with temperatures in the mid 20s is expected tonight into Wednesday for areas along and north of the Interstate 10 corridor.

Roger Erickson, warning coordination meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said the impacted area is basically the entire forecast area except the coastal parishes.

Temperatures will be at or below freezing for 8 to 12 hours in southeast Texas, southwest and south central Louisiana, and 10 to 14 hours in east Texas and central Louisiana.

During cold spells like this, Erickson said to remember to protect outdoor pets, plants and pipes.

In addition, the risk for house fires increases during cold weather because of improper usage of space heaters. Do not place them within 3 feet of a bed, furniture or anything that could catch on fire. Do not leave them on when not at home.

Extension cords are not recommended, but if used, be sure it is at least a 14 gauge. The smaller extension cords can melt and cause a fire.