News Alert: Situational Awareness Report 6 January 2017 As of 1:00 p.m.
Posted: 1/6/2017 1:53:29 PM
Louisiana Business Emergency Operations Center

Situational Awareness Report

6 January 2017

As of 1:00 p.m.

 

State EOC Activation Level: Level III

WebEOC Incident Name: 17-006 Winter Wx — Statewide — Jan06-07

 

 

 

Situation: A very cold air mass is moving across the State late this week in combination with an upper level disturbance bringing moisture and upper level support into the area  which may result in a wintry mix of precipitation across some of the State today and tonight. Model data is not in agreement about what may happen leaving a great amount of uncertainty in the forecast. With this in mind, please stay tuned to your local National Weather Service for the latest updates.

 

North Louisiana: Arctic air in place across the four state region coupled with the approach of an upper level disturbance moving east from the Rockies and towards the area will lead to the development of light snow. Areas of light snow have developed over Oklahoma to across southwest Arkansas this morning and is anticipated to move east southeast through this evening. This snowfall could pose a threat for slick roadways, overpasses and bridges so caution should be exercised. Along and south of Interstate 20, snowfall accumulations are expected to be very light, a dusting to perhaps a few flurries, with little to no accumulation expected. Furthermore, sleet cannot be ruled out as temperatures warm to just a few degrees above freezing, though accumulations will also be very light. Tonight, any snowfall that has melted will refreeze possible creating areas of black ice especially on elevated surfaces such as bridges and overpasses. Temperatures will drop into the lower 20’s with wind chills in the teens. These conditions will kill crops and other sensitive vegetation. Wrap exposed pipes outdoors and bring pets and plants indoors.

 

Southwest/Central Louisiana: There will be some light rain, mixing with sleet and freezing rain in parts of central Louisiana this afternoon and early evening. No accumulation is expected. The remainder of the region will see a cold light rain.  A Hard Freeze Warning is in effect from 9:00 pm this evening to 9:00 am Saturday morning. This Warning means sub-freezing temperatures are imminent or highly likely. Wind chills will be in the teens tonight. Another freeze is expected Saturday night into Sunday morning with lows in the low to mid 20’s.  These conditions will kill crops and other sensitive vegetation. Wrap exposed pipes outdoors and bring pets and plants indoors.

 

Southeast Louisiana: A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect across portions of east central and southeast Louisiana through midnight, generally along and north of a line from Baton Rouge to Bogalusa to Poplarville. Areas of rain are expected to possibly mix with or change over to light sleet and freezing rain later today or this evening and some icing of bridges and overpasses is possible.  There is a chance of thunderstorms through early evening. A few thunderstorms could produce hail up to the size of dimes. Freeze and Hard Freeze Warnings are in effect for all of the area late tonight and will likely remain through Sunday morning. The Hard Freeze Warnings are in effect for areas along and north of the I-12 corridor in southeast Louisiana. A Freeze Warning is in effect for the remainder of the southeast Louisiana parishes tonight. Temperatures are expected to drop to between 27 and 32 degrees in the Freeze Warning. A Wind Advisory is in effect tonight for the parishes near and south of Lake Pontchartrain due to strong north winds of 25 to 30 mph with higher gusts. A Wind Chill Advisory is also in effect starting at 9:00 pm across the entire area. Wind chill values will drop from the upper teens to the single digits and will remain through most of Saturday morning. These conditions will kill crops and other sensitive vegetation. Wrap exposed pipes outdoors and bring pets and plants indoors.

 


State Actions:

GOHSEP

o   Activated to a modified Level III with limited ESFs.

o   Working 24 hour operations.

o   A WebEOC Incident has been created.

o   All Regional Coordinators are working closely with their parishes.

 

DOTD

o   All districts are monitoring closely and as potential icing conditions occur, Scout Teams will be deployed to inspect roadways and bridges.

o   District personnel will be on standby for rapid response.

o   Districts in the northern part of the State are currently applying salt to elevated roadways and bridges as needed.

 

Louisiana State Police

o   STAFFING:1 Lieutenant, 2 Sergeants, and 9 Troopers on duty. We currently have 3 Communications officers on duty handling radio traffic for Troops E, F, and G.

o   We are experiencing some icing on bridges. Personnel is closely monitoring roadway conditions in the area and working with DOTD to keep all roadways passable.

o   30 WEATHER RELATED CRASHED INVESTIGATED

o   Troops are in contact with parish sheriff’s departments, DOTD, and local agencies in an effort to coordinate necessary responses. Personnel will continue to monitor roadway conditions and respond as needed.

o   Commanders from Gaming and TESS have offered personnel if needed

o   Working with public safety and media partners to ensure the public is kept informed through traditional and social media regarding weather conditions, safety and hazards.

o   Partial LSP EOC Activation beginning at 1200 hours. LSP EOC can be contacted at 225-287-7700.

o   Reminder: www.511la.org can be accessed for State Road Closure Information.

 

Red Cross

o   Senior leadership held a 9am call to assess ready status across the State. All areas are on standby and have been in communication with their parish EM contacts.

o   Supplies have been positioned in key areas for response.

 

Parish Actions:

East Feliciana

o   We have confirmed with the parish public works department and LA DOTD that contingencies are in place to sand/salt bridges in the parish should we have a sleet/freezing rain event.

o   No shelters are planned at this time.

o   We are asking everyone that does not need to be out on the roads to please stay home or stay where you are. Hunters please dress warm and stay dry.

 

Ouachita

o   All on and exit ramps on Interstate 20 have been closed until further notice.

o   Monroe Airport will close today after 2:00 pm for flights to and from Atlanta, GA.

 

St. Helena

o   Sheriff’s Office Deputies monitoring road conditions and Parish Road Department is on standby.

 

St. Tammany

o   Making preparations to open a shelter Friday and Saturday night.

o   Parish Public Works crews have sand pre-loaded if necessary.

 

Tangipahoa

o   Started sanding bridges at 0700 this morning and will continue throughout the day into late evening.

o   Do not anticipate warming shelters or activating the EOC at this time.

 

West Feliciana

o   UCG met this morning - DOTD and Parish crews on standby with salt and sand; LE patrolling to monitor roads, bridges and overpasses; all agencies on standby to respond to any requests.

o   EOC will be on standby status unless conditions dictate activation.

o   WFPSO and WF Public Works will monitor road conditions throughout the day.

  

For more information please visit: http://www.weather.gov/

GOHSEP Operations is monitoring the situation and will continue to update as needed.

 

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