Orange County announces warming station details due to forecasted cold weather

Published 8:09 am Monday, January 15, 2024

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Due to the forecasted cold weather, Orange County is partnering with Red Cross and Orange Church of God in Orange to provide a warming station.

The service runs today and Tuesday from 5 p.m. to 8 a.m. at Orange Church of God Embassy of Grace, 1911 North 16th Street in Orange.

A warming station is a short-term emergency shelter that operates when temperatures or a combination of precipitation and wind chill become dangerously inclement.

Their paramount purpose is the prevention of death and injury from exposure to the elements.

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According to the National Weather Service, the cold front has moved through the area, and the cold air continues to move farther south.

“We have issued a hard freeze advisory for (Monday night) and a wind chill advisory is in place, as well,” a Weather Service statement read.

Light amounts of freezing rain or drizzle are possible.

The Wind Chill Advisory is issued through Tuesday morning.

Freezing rain is expected to develop across the region Monday and continue into Monday night.

The National Weather Service issued a Hard Freeze Warning, with concerns between 3 a.m. until 9 a.m. a.m. Tuesday.

Accumulation of no more than .05 inch is expected at this time.

Electrical outages are not expected at this time, weather officials said, adding elevated roads and bridges could become icy and be subject to closure.

Temperatures will fall into the low to mid 20s across the region Tuesday morning.

Temperatures will remain below freezing for 10 to 20 hours.

Precautions should be taken to protect pipes, pets, plants and anyone susceptible to extreme cold.

Between 3 and 9 a.m. Tuesday:

• Northerly winds of 20-25 MPH will combine with very cold temperatures to produce dangerous wind chill.

• Lowest wind chills will be in the single digits.

• This will decrease the time it takes for the onset of hypothermia.

Temperatures on Tuesday afternoon over Central Louisiana and upper Southeast Texas will only be above 32°F for a few hours.