SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - A freeze warning is in effect from Friday night until Saturday morning.
A cold high pressure system centered over eastern Arkansas has pushed cold and dry air into the area. Clear skies and light winds should allow temperatures to drop into the middle and upper 20s across much of South Mississippi as well as portions of southeast Louisiana west and north of Lake Pontchartrain.
"Tonight, clear & calmer conditions will allow for temperatures to drop even lower: coastal areas south of I-10 will chill to the lower 30s and perhaps a few upper 20s; inland areas near & north of I-10 will chill to the mid to upper 20s," said WLOX First Alert Meteorologist Wesley Williams.
"This is not a hard freeze. So, pipes should not be affected," Williams continued. "But, this light freeze may kill or damage tender vegetation. And it could harm pets left outside. All residents in the WLOX area should protect pets, plants, and people tonight."
Temperatures could fall below freezing as early as 10 P.M. Friday night in a few spots with many areas at or below freezing by 2 A.M., according to the National Weather Service. Temperatures should warm above freezing a few hours after sunrise Saturday. Most areas should see about 4 to 6 hours below freezing overnight.
A freeze warning means sub-freezing temperatures are imminent or highly likely. These conditions will kill crops and other sensitive vegetation.