Posted: Jan 6, 2014 10:59 PM by Trey Schmaltz
Updated: Jan 6, 2014 10:59 PM
BATON ROUGE- A hard freeze warning is in effect until Tuesday morning at 9 as some of the coldest weather since 2010 roll into the area.
The forecast low for Monday night and into Tuesday morning is 20 degrees. Tuesday, high temperatures are expected to hover around the upper 30s but some areas may not get above freezing.
Plumbers advised people to wrap and insulate exposed pipes and homeless have flocked to shelters.
Due to the winter weather, schools have canceled classes for Tuesday or have delayed start times. For a complete list of closures and changes, click HERE.
The weather also caused problems for utility companies. At least two experienced outages. In Tangipahoa Parish more than 5,000 people lost electricity overnight.
But, others braved the cold and took to popular jogging paths.
"It's much better than the summer. If you can survive the summer, you can definitely survive a couple days below 32," said Craig Bayer. Bayer was exercising Monday night as the temperatures dropped.
Strawberry farmers also had to brave the temperatures to cover their crop. Hundreds of acres were berried so the multi-million dollar crop would survive the freeze. Citrus farmers tried to pick as much of their crop as possible before the freeze.