A Hard Freeze Warning has once again been posted for much of the WAFB viewing area late tonight into Saturday morning. In fact, the National Weather Service (NWS) has extended the warning farther south tonight, into Assumption and St. James parishes.
While the NWS has gone farther south with the warning, I'm not sure that I agree. A hard freeze is defined locally as temps in the mid 20°s for several hours. While I can't rule out a few spots in Assumption & St. James briefly touching the mid 20°s, I think SEVERAL hours in the mid 20°s is unlikely. In fact, I don't even think much of metro Baton Rouge will meet those criteria.
Regardless, the bottom line is that tonight is another where we need to take care of people, pets, and plants in the cold, but pipes should not be a problem.
Saturday morning should be our last freeze for a while as southerly winds return by the afternoon and continue through the remainder of the weekend. Some of our northernmost viewers could flirt with a light freeze Sunday morning, but most of us should start out above 32°.
Overall, once we get past our cold start Saturday, it's shaping up to be a rather nice weekend. We'll keep rain out of the forecast until early next week when our next front approaches.
Have a great weekend!