City of New Orleans to Activate Freeze Plan Jan 19, 20
The City of New Orleans will activate the Citywide Freeze Plan in anticipation of cold weather overnight Saturday, Jan. 19 and overnight Sunday, Jan. 20.
The National Weather Service predicts that temperatures, factoring in wind chill, will drop below the threshold of 35 degrees Fahrenheit for more than four hours both nights, triggering the activation of the freeze plan. The coldest period will be in the morning hours of Sunday, Jan. 20 and again in the morning of Monday, Jan. 21 with "feels like" temperatures in the low 30s.
Additionally, the cold front moving through the area will bring windy conditions Saturday afternoon into the early morning Sunday. The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Advisory, which will be in effect from 3:00 p.m. Saturday through 6:00 a.m. Sunday.
Residents and visitors are encouraged to take precautions for cold weather and to secure loose outdoor furniture and tents.
Shelter for the Homeless
The freeze plan will be in effect to provide temporary overnight shelter for homeless residents. The public is asked to call the New Orleans Police Department non-emergency number, 504-821-2222, to report someone in need of shelter.
Individuals needing shelter will be accepted, free of charge, at the following locations under the following conditions:
- Low Barrier Shelter, 1530 Gravier St., will accept adults beginning at 8 p.m.
- The Salvation Army, 4530 S. Claiborne Ave., will accept adults beginning at 4 p.m.
- Ozanam Inn, 843 Camp St., will accept men beginning at 4 p.m.
- Covenant House, 611 N. Rampart St., will accept anyone between the ages of 16 to 21, their dependent children, and any women with dependent minor children. Open 24/7.
- New Orleans Mission, 1130 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., will accept adults beginning at 4 p.m.
For more information on winter weather preparedness, visit http://ready.nola.gov/winter/.