News Alert: GOHSEP Winter Weather SITREP - January 15, 2018 As of 3:30 p.m.
Posted: 1/16/2018 9:24:23 AM
Louisiana Business Emergency Operations Center

GOHSEP Winter Weather SITREP

January 15, 2018

As of 3:30 p.m.


State EOC Activation Level: Level IV (Crisis Action Team)

WebEOC Incident: 18-002 Winter WX – Statewide – Jan1217




SITUATION: A very strong Arctic cold front is moving through the area bringing freezing temperatures and the possibility of brief wintry precipitation in some areas. Some important tips to prepare for the upcoming cold is to check on and think about people, pets and plants. Check on elderly relatives, friends, neighbors or those in poor health. Pets will also need shelter for warmth in these conditions. Plants can also sustain damage in cold outbreaks such as this one. Wrap insulation around exposed water pipes to prevent freezing and bursting pipes. Additionally, stay tuned to your local National Weather Service for the latest updates and warnings.

North Louisiana: Air temperatures will begin falling to below freezing during the evening and overnight hours for much of the area. Rainfall will quickly transition to freezing rain, sleet and then all snow from north to south across much of the area. The region may see widespread snowfall amounts of one to three inches with totals of up to four inches possible in some areas. The precipitation will gradually come to an end by mid to late day on Tuesday. The approach of the cold air from the north compared to the northwest will make for a much faster transition from rain to snow. Patchy ice underneath the snow will be possible for all elevated surfaces across the area and travel may become problematic starting Monday night through Tuesday with refreezing of any surfaces possible Tuesday night through Wednesday morning. A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for the entire region, and a Winter Storm Warning is in effect for some parishes along the Louisiana-Arkansas border.


Southwest/Central Louisiana: A strong cold front will advance across the area early Tuesday. A chance of rain will accompany this system possibly transitioning to a brief wintry mix as the day progresses. Any precipitation should end by Tuesday evening. Sharp, colder temperatures, including freezing overnight temperatures, will follow for mid-week. A Winter Weather Advisory will be issued Tuesday for the entire region.


Southeast Louisiana: Any precipitation will likely be light and limited to southwest Mississippi and the adjacent Louisiana parishes beginning late Tuesday morning. Those parishes will be under a Winter Weather Advisory. For areas south of the advisory, very light wintry precipitation is possible, but no impacts are expected. Freezing overnight temperatures will continue through Wednesday night for most of the region.

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


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