FIRST ALERT: Freeze Warning issued for tonight

FIRST ALERT: Freeze Warning issued for tonight
Freeze Warning

The Freeze Watch that was issued Thursday afternoon has been upgraded to a Freeze Warning.

The counties highlighted in the graphic below will be under a Freeze Warning from midnight to 9 a.m. on Saturday.

Freeze Warning
Freeze Warning ((Source: KSLA News 12))

Texas: Bowie, Cass, Camp, Franklin, Morris, Red River and Titus Counties

Arkansas: Columbia, Hempstead, Howard, Lafayette, Little River, Miller, Nevada and Sevier Counties

Oklahoma: McCurtain County

A cold air mass will settle into the ArkLaTex behind a strong cold front and confidence continues to grow that temperatures across the warning will drop below freezing Friday night into Saturday morning.

Even though temperatures will likely stay above freezing, frost could develop along the I-20 corridor, which includes Shreveport-Bossier, Marshall, Minden and Ruston, Friday night and Saturday morning.

Frost or light freeze possible
Frost or light freeze possible ((Source: KSLA News 12))

Here’s a look at lows Friday night into Saturday morning. Temperatures could tumble into the 20s along and north of I-30. The forecast low for Texarkana is 29 degrees. Most places will bottom out in the low to mid 30s along and south of I-20. The forecast low for Shreveport is 37 degrees.

Lows Friday night into Saturday morning
Lows Friday night into Saturday morning ((Source: KSLA News 12))

With the first freeze or frost possible, make sure to protect sensitive plants by covering them up or bringing them inside. Also, don’t forget about your pets. Make sure to bring them inside as well or give them a warm, dry shelter and fresh water and food.

Temperatures will likely not be cold enough to burst pipes. Temperatures will only drop a few degrees below freezing for a short period of time. However, it will probably be a good idea to wrap or cover any exterior pipes.

Another cold front will arrive late Sunday into Monday. This front will bring in more rain and a few rumbles of thunder and reinforcing shot of cold air. Temperatures next Tuesday and Wednesday will likely not get out of the 40s.

Another strong cold front arrives late Sunday into Monday.
Another strong cold front arrives late Sunday into Monday. ((Source: KSLA News 12))

The first area wide freeze this fall will be possible Tuesday night into Wednesday morning.

FutureTrack Temperatures Wednesday at 7 a.m.
FutureTrack Temperatures Wednesday at 7 a.m. ((Source: KSLA News 12))

The KSLA First Alert Weather Team will continue to be your First Alert on the potential for a freeze Friday night and next week.

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