The National Weather Service Shreveport is once again reminding us that Mother Nature is still in charge as she'll crack the winter whip this week.

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Forecasters with the NWSS are predicting that the lion share of the Arklatex is at marginal risk of severe weather late Wednesday with the potential for quarter to half dollar sized hail, maximum wind speeds of 60 to 70 miles per hour and a very low potential for possible tornadoes.

Some forecasting models are showing the increased potential for the rain to hit soon after 12:00 pm on Wednesday with those storms lasting until approximately 10:00 pm tomorrow night.

As the storms move out of the area, temperatures will begin to drop.  At the start of the rain, they're expected to be in the low 70's but are forecasted to ultimately drop down to a bone chilling 25 degrees by Friday morning.

That obviously brings on the potential for other weather threats as any surface still wet after temps drop below the 32 degree mark could begin freezing and bring on hazardous driving conditions during the early morning hours.

Saturday morning's forecasted low of 22 degrees could set the new low temperature mark thus far in 2022 and could possibly see broken water pipes in the affected area.

Of course, preparation is the formula for success to best these forecasted temps.

National Weather Service Extreme Cold Safety Tips

  • Minimize travel.
  • Stay indoors during the worst part of the extreme cold.
  • Keep a winter survival kit in your vehicle if you must travel.
  • Check tire pressure, antifreeze levels, heater/defroster, etc.
  • Learn how to shut off water valves for potential pipe bursts.
  • Check on the elderly.
  • Bring pets inside.

Other Things To Prep For Upcoming Cold Temps

  • Remove water hoses from all outside faucets
  • Make sure those faucets are wrapped
  • Shut off water supply to any outdoor faucet that isn't necessary
  • Bring indoors all hanging or potted plants
  • Cover any shrubs or extreme cold intolerant plants

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