St. John The Baptist Parish News Release

Residents Urged to Make Preparations for Freezing Temperatures

Residents Urged to Make Preparations for Freezing Temperatures

Thursday, November 13, 2014 

ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST PARISH –   A freeze warning is in effect for Southeastern Louisiana including St. John the Baptist Parish from 11:00 pm tonight through Friday morning at 9:00 am. A light freeze is expected tonight and tomorrow night as a result of a cold air mass traveling into the area. The National Weather Service (NWS) forecasts freezing temperatures falling into the lower 30s and 20s to impact St. John Parish overnight for one to three hours and return briefly tomorrow night.  

Freezing temperatures will make a reappearance on Monday and Tuesday night of next week behind a low pressure system that will move across the state Saturday night and Sunday. Although extreme rainfall is not expected, the low pressure system could bring rainfall amounts of 1-2 inches to the area for the weekend. Another light freeze is forecasted for next Monday and Tuesday and dry, cool weather will continue for the remainder of next week. No wintery precipitation is predicted to accompany the cool weather at this time.  

Residents are advised to take freeze preparedness measures at home and work. Preparations include wrapping and protecting exposed pipes, protecting sensitive plants and crops and safely sheltering outdoor pets and farm animals. Proper use of heating equipment is urged to avoid fires. Motorists are asked to use caution when venturing outdoors and commuting to work and school.

Please stay tuned to local weather stations for weather updates. Please also sign up to receive emergency notifications to your home phone, cell phone, email or SMS text messaging device. Residents may sign up for the service by visiting the homepage of the Parish's website at and clicking "Stay Connected."

Safety Tips:

  • ·     Make sure there is proper ventilation for all fuel-burning equipment
  • ·      Keep fire extinguishers on hand. House fires pose an additional risk, as more people turn to alternate heating sources without taking necessary safety precautions
  • ·      Kerosene heaters should be refueled outside. Keep the heaters at least three feet from flammable objects while they are in use
  • ·      Communicate with your family and neighbors during colder temperatures
  • ·      Maintain contact with the elderly and those considered at risk
  • ·      Get a winter game plan! Have a fully- stocked emergency kit
  • ·      Identify neighbors and family members with special needs (extra medical care or no transportation)
  • ·      Pets and plants should be brought inside your home. Move other animals or livestock to sheltered areas with non-frozen drinking water