MONDAY UPDATE — Weather Service updates temperature, advisory, electrical outage forecasts

Published 8:06 am Monday, January 15, 2024

According to the National Weather Service, the cold front has moved through the area, and the cold air continues to move farther south.

“We have issued a hard freeze advisory for (Monday night) and a wind chill advisory is in place, as well,” a Weather Service statement read.

Light amounts of freezing rain or drizzle are possible.

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The Wind Chill Advisory is issued through Tuesday morning.

Freezing rain is expected to develop across the region Monday and continue into Monday night.

The National Weather Service issued a Hard Freeze Warning, with concerns between 3 a.m. until 9 a.m. a.m. Tuesday.

Accumulation of no more than .05 inch is expected at this time.

Electrical outages are not expected at this time, weather officials said, adding elevated roads and bridges could become icy and be subject to closure.

Temperatures will fall into the low to mid 20s across the region Tuesday morning.

Temperatures will remain below freezing for 10 to 20 hours.

Precautions should be taken to protect pipes, pets, plants and anyone susceptible to extreme cold.

Between 3 and 9 a.m. Tuesday:

• Northerly winds of 20-25 MPH will combine with very cold temperatures to produce dangerous wind chill.

• Lowest wind chills will be in the single digits.

• This will decrease the time it takes for the onset of hypothermia.

Temperatures on Tuesday afternoon over Central Louisiana and upper Southeast Texas will only be above 32°F for a few hours.

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 stations.