The National Weather Service in Shreveport isn't pulling any punches with this one.

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They are telling us now that extremely dangerous cold temperatures are coming and that we need to get ahead of it.

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According to their forecast as of Monday, December 19 at 5:00 am, here is what we can expect in the days leading up to Christmas this Sunday.

Thursday - A slight chance of rain after noon, mixing with sleet after 3pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 53. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
Thursday Night - Partly cloudy, with a low around 11.
Friday - Sunny, with a high near 26.
Friday Night - Partly cloudy, with a low around 16.
Saturday - Mostly sunny, with a high near 34.
Saturday Night - Partly cloudy, with a low around 20.
Christmas Day - Sunny, with a high near 41.

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If you look closely at the forecast, the reality will set in.  When the temperature drops to 11 degrees Thursday night, it won't be back to above freezing until sometime Saturday afternoon and then it'll fall back down to 20 that night, refreezing most everything that had thawed.

How Do You Begin To Prepare For The Weather Now?

United Way has listed a number of things that we should be doing now, before this weather hits later this week.  Among the suggestions we see the following highlights:

  • Put together Home Emergency Supplies including flashlights, extra batteries, radio, bottled water, blankets/sleeping bags, manual can opener, first aid kit and fire extinguisher
  • Wrap and insulate all exposed water pipes. Once the freeze hits, leave both hot and cold water coming from a faucet on an outside wall, dripping slightly
  • If you have a generator, make sure to have plenty of fuel and check to make sure it is running properly - DO NOT OPERATE GENERATOR INDOORS
  • For homes with fireplaces, make sure to have plenty of firewood available and stored in a convenient, dry area
  • If you lose power, close off all rooms of the house you aren't using to keep heat confined to the areas you are using.
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For other great preparation tips for both you and your pets go HERE to ready.gov

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