freeze warning

Temperatures in Orleans Parish are expected to drop to at or near freezing on Thursday night, prompting the City of New Orleans to put its freeze plan for the homeless into effect.

The freeze plan is enacted whenever the temperature or the wind chill factor is expected to fall to 35 degrees or lower. Temperatures near freezing, combined with the strong winds affecting the region, can cause serious medical problems to people exposed to them for extended periods of time.

The National Weather Service's New Orleans office has issued a freeze warning tonight for portions of southeast Louisiana and southern Mississippi.

The NWS says temperatures will rapidly drop to freezing, or just below it, shortly after midnight tonight, and remain there until after sunrise. The warning is in effect from midnight tonight to 9 a.m. Thursday, along and north of Interstate 12, and for all areas of coastal and southwest Mississippi.