NEW ORLEANS — Get ready for the cold. The strongest cold front of the season so far will move through Louisiana late Monday and into Tuesday morning.
The cold front will bring scattered showers and a few thunderstorms Monday night, but Tuesday will be much colder. Temperatures will fall into the 40s, and with the winds, it will feel like the 30s.
The rain will end by midday on Tuesday and we will see some sunshine by the afternoon. We will not warm up with temperatures in the 40s. Make sure you bundle up on Tuesday!
Wednesday morning will be clear and very cold. You will need to take cold weather precautions!
Areas north of Lake Pontchartrain will see low temperatures fall to the mid-20s with a hard freeze possible. Make sure you bring in or cover any plants you want to keep, wrap any exposed pipes (although I do not expect this to be pipe bursting temperatures since we stay above freezing during the day) and have a warm place for pets.
South of the lake we will drop to the lower to mid-30s with frost possible - cover or bring in any plants and have a warm place for pets.
There will still be a breeze, so it will feel like the teens to 20s. Bundle up! Wednesday afternoon will be sunny and cool with highs in the lower 50s.
Last year on Nov. 14 our area experienced a similar blast of cold temperatures. We had high temperatures in the 40s with low temperatures in the 30s in New Orleans, so this cold blast is right on cue.