AMITE—Tangipahoa Parish President Robby Miller is urging residents to use the daylight hours on Friday to prepare for a cold blast of air that will dip temperatures below freezing for several hours this weekend.
Miller and parish emergency crews are monitoring the weather system that will result in temperatures below 32 degrees briefly early Saturday, and then for a longer duration late Saturday night and into Sunday morning.
The National Weather Service in New Orleans in predicting freezing temperatures on Saturday and a "hard freeze" along and north of I-12 overnight Saturday into early Sunday. Additionally, wind chill values will be in the teens and 20s for much of the area from Friday night until Sunday.
“This is forecast to be the coldest weather we’ve experienced this winter, and we are encouraging residents to get their preparations completed before sunset on Friday,” Miller said.
Among those preparations is protecting the 3P’s in the event of a freeze.
“We want to remind folks to protect their pipes, pets, and plants,” Miller said.
In addition, Miller asks that residents look out for their neighbors during the cold snap.
“This is one of those instances when I know the people of Tangipahoa will reach out to one another and look after each other,” Miller said, noting that he encourages residents to help each other in preparing for the freeze.
Miller said local fire departments are asking residents to be mindful of heating sources they may utilize to keep their homes warm during this period. He also urged residents to be careful about where they place those heating elements.
“Please try to keep clothing and other flammable materials away from heating elements,” Miller said. He also said local fire chiefs are reminding residents to be careful of how they plug in portable heaters and to avoid using anything other than an approved, safety-regulated heating device to warm their homes.
“We simply want to remind residents to put safety first,” Miller said.
Parish crews will be on standby all weekend to address any issues that may impact local roads and bridges.