SATURDAY MORNING UPDATE — Expected time below freezing increases for Southeast Texas

Published 7:00 am Saturday, January 13, 2024

As of Saturday morning, The National Weather Service in Lake Charles, Louisiana, updated expected temperature drops for next week in Southeast Texas, and the forecast is COLD.

Subfreezing conditions are expected early next week. The main change in the latest forecast for the time below freezing along and south of the Interstate 10 corridor.

According to the Weather Service, Southeast Texas will experience nine hours of below freezing temperatures from 5 p.m. Monday to 5 p.m. Tuesday.

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The forecast low temperature for Tuesday morning is below 27 degrees.

The minimum wind chill temperature Tuesday is 12 degrees.

Southeast Texas is also expected to experience nine hours of below freezing temperatures from 5 p.m. Tuesday to 5 p.m. Wednesday, with a low below 19 degrees and wind chill below 10 degrees.

In advance of the cold weather, Port Arthur Mayor Thurman Bartie announced he is partnering with the American Red Cross, Pastor Keith Richards Sr. and Pastor Kurt Washington to provide two warming stations for those in need of assistance.

The warming stations are available during the expected freezing temperatures Monday and Tuesday.

One station is available at 6366 Jade Avenue in Port Arthur from 5 p.m. to 8 a.m. each day. The other is available at 6-3 5th Street.

If you need a ride, call 409-983-8655.

Red Cross volunteers and the Port Arthur Police Department will staff the station.

Also, due to the impending cold temperatures forecasted for Tuesday and for the safe travel and well-being of students, faculty and staff of the five Catholic Schools of the Diocese of Beaumont, those Catholic schools will be closed Tuesday. They will reopen school Wednesday/Jan. 17. The five Diocesan Catholic Schools are Monsignor Kelly Catholic High School, St. Anne Catholic School, St. Anthony Cathedral Basilica School, all in Beaumont; St. Catherine of Siena Catholic School in Port Arthur and St. Mary Catholic School in Orange.

Leaders from Port Arthur’s and Mid County’s public school districts all announced Friday they were monitoring weather reports and would continue to do so throughout the weekend. As of Friday evening, none had announced school closures for Tuesday.

Monday is a school holiday due to Martin Luther King Jr. Day.