Widespread sub-freezing temperatures expected tonight

The National Weather Service in Lake Charles has issued a hard freeze warning effective for all of Hardin County midnight tonight until Friday at 8 a.m.

A modified arctic air mass will remain over the region into the weekend. Freezing temperatures are expected across most of the area from late tonight into early Friday morning, with hard freeze conditions expected north of Interstate 10.

The warning includes Hardin, Orange, northern Jasper, northern Newton, southern Jasper, and southern Newton counties.

Temperatures are expected to dip as low as 27 degrees in some of the freeze warning areas after midnight. Hard freeze conditions are expected to last between 3 to 6 hours.

The freeze will impact tender outdoor vegetation, which can be killed or severely damaged by subfreezing temperatures and should be protected. In addition, outdoor animals should be provided adequate shelter.

A hard freeze warning means temperatures in the mid 20s or colder are imminent or highly likely. These conditions will kill crops and other sensitive vegetation.

Be careful heating your home. Keep space heaters at least 36 inches away from anything that can burn. Turn it off anytime you leave the room or go to bed.

To prevent freezing and possible bursting of outdoor water pipes, they should be wrapped or drained.

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