News Alert: GOHSEP SITUATION REPORT 28 January 2014 As of 1800 Hours
Posted: 1/28/2014 7:30:29 PM
Louisiana Business Emergency Operations Center

GOHSEP SITUATION REPORT

28 January 2014

As of 1800 Hours

STATE EOC ACTIVATION LEVEL: Modified Level III

WebEOC Incident Name: 007-14 Winter Weather - Statewide – 28-30, January 2014

 

SITUATION: GOHSEP is currently monitoring the winter weather currently impacting the state. A cold front pushed through the state yesterday, bringing with it freezing temperatures from an arctic air mass.  Concurrently, an upper level disturbance tracking across the western Gulf of Mexico is beginning to move moisture into the southern half of the state. The combination of frigid temperatures and moisture has set up a potential significant winter weather event. Winter precipitation began this morning in the majority of the state, and should be ending by late tonight.  This is a very fluid situation and is being monitored closely.

 

The breakdown of impacts are below:

 

NWS Slidell: Primarily an ICE event

-        A   Winter Storm Warning is in effect for the entire forecast area until January 29th at 6:00am.

-        Ice accumulations are likely before it transitions over to snow. Possible accumulations of snow could reach up to 2 inches in some areas, while possible accumulations of ice could reach up to .25 inches. Freezing rainfall amounts greater than a quarter inch can impact tree limbs and power lines resulting in power outages. Strong winds can increase damage potential.

-        Heaviest ice accumulations at this time are expected to occur along and south of the I-10/12 corridor including Metro New Orleans.

-        Heaviest snow accumulations at this time are expected to occur north of the I-10/12 corridor in the northern reaches of the north shore Parishes.

-        A Hard Freeze is expected as duration of below freezing temperatures can be 48 to 60 hours long. Winds today will be 15-20 mph with gusts up to 30mph. Dangerous wind chill values of 5 to 15 degrees are possible tonight over the forecast area.

-        Estimated Duration:

o   Baton Rouge: Temps in upper 20s and remain below freezing through mid day Wed. Freezing rain/sleet should transition to more sleet and snow mid to late afternoon then diminishing later this evening.

o   New Orleans: Temps around 32F currently and remain below freezing through mid day Wed. Mixture of light freezing rain and sleet through evening with some snow possibly mixing in before ending early Wednesday morning.

o   North Shore: Temps in the upper 20s to lower 30s and remain below freezing until mid day Wed. Mixture of freezing rain and sleet transitioning to mainly sleet / snow. Potentially changing over to all snow before ending early Wednesday morning.

 

NWS Lake Charles:

-        A  Winter Storm Warning is in effect for Acadia, Allen, Avoyelles, Beauregard, Calcasieu, East Cameron, Evangeline, Iberia, Jefferson Davis, Lafayette, Lower St. Martin, St. Landry, St. Mary, Upper St. Martin, Vermilion, West Cameron until January 29th at 6:00am

-        A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for Rapides, Vernon until January 29th at 6:00am

-        A  Wind Chill Advisory is in effect for Acadia, Allen, Avoyelles, Beauregard, Calcasieu, East Cameron, Evangeline, Iberia, Jefferson Davis, Lafayette, Rapides,  Lower St. Martin, St. Landry, St. Mary, Upper St. Martin, Vermilion, Vernon, West Cameron until January 29th at 9:00am

-        Winter precipitation is ending in parts of central Louisiana. Still bands of sleet moving across southwest and south central Louisiana.

-        A Hard Freeze is expected tonight north of the I-10 corridor, with lows in the mid 20s. Temperatures will be in the upper 20s along the I-10 corridor and near freezing at the coast.

-        Low temperatures Wednesday morning will be in the upper teens to lower 20s across most of the region. High temperature is forecast to be in the upper 30s to near 40 degrees (highly dependent on clearing skies).

-        Estimated Duration:

o   Central LA: Sleet/snow will be ending this afternoon.

o   Southwest LA: Sleet/snow will be ending this evening.

o   South Central LA: Sleet will continue through the afternoon and evening, ending around midnight.  

 

NWS Shreveport:

-        A Hard Freeze Warning is in effect for Bienville, Bossier, Caddo, Caldwell, Claiborne, De Soto, Grant, Jackson, La Salle, Lincoln, Natchitoches, Ouachita, Red River, Sabine, Union, Webster, Winn Parishes until January 29th at 9:00am

-        The winter weather is ending in the region.

 

NWS Jackson:

-        A Hard Freeze Warning is in effect for Catahoula, Concordia, East Carroll, Franklin, Madison, Morehouse, Richland, Tensas, West Carroll until  January 29th at 12:00pm

 

Declarations (40)

State of Louisiana

Region 1 – Orleans, Jefferson, St. Bernard, Plaquemines

Region 2 – Pointe Coupee, East Baton Rouge, Ascension, Iberville, West Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Livingston, West Feliciana

Region 3 – Lafourche, St. Charles, Assumption, Terrebonne, St. James, St. John

Region 4 – Evangeline, Iberia, Acadia, St. Landry, Vermillion, St. Martin, St. Mary, Lafayette

Region 5 – Cameron, Calcasieu, Allen, Jefferson Davis

Region 6 – Rapides, LaSalle, Vernon, Natchitoches, Avoyelles

Region 7 – None

Region 8 – Caldwell

Region 9 – Tangipahoa, Washington, St. Tammany, St. Helena

 

Parish Government Closures – Wednesday, 29 January 2014 (40)

Region 1 – Jefferson, Orleans, St. Bernard, Plaquemines

Region 2 – East Feliciana, Livingston, West Feliciana, East Baton Rouge, Iberville, West Baton Rouge

Region 3 – Lafourche, Assumption, St. James, Terrebonne, St. Charles, St. John

Region 4 – St. Landry, Iberia, Acadia, Vermillion, St. Mary, Evangeline, St. Martin, Lafayette

Region 5 – Cameron, Calcasieu, Beauregard, Jefferson Davis, Allen

Region 6 – Catahoula, LaSalle, Winn, Vernon, Avoyelles

Region 7 – None

Region 8 – Tensas, Caldwell,

Region 9 – St. Tammany, Washington, St. Helena, Tangipahoa

 

School Closures - Wednesday, January 29, 2014  (46)

Region 1 – Orleans, Jefferson, Plaquemines, St. Bernard

Region 2 – Iberville, Ascension, West Baton Rouge, Livingston, Pointe Coupee, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, West Feliciana

Region 3 – Lafourche, Assumption, Terrebonne, St. James, St. John, St. Charles

Region 4 – Iberia, Evangeline , St. Mary, St. Landry, St. Martin, Lafayette, Vermillion, Acadia

Region 5 – Cameron, Jefferson Davis, Allen, Calcasieu, Beauregard

Region 6 – Vernon, Rapides, Avoyelles, Grant, LaSalle, Catahoula, Concordia,

Region 7 – None

Region 8 – Caldwell, Tensas, Franklin, East Carroll

Region 9 – St. Tammany, Washington, Tangipahoa, St. Helena

 

State Government Office Closures - Wednesday, January 29, 2014 (44)

Acadia

Allen

Ascension

Assumption

Avoyelles

Beauregard

Calcasieu

Caldwell

Cameron

East Baton Rouge

East Carroll

East Feliciana

Evangeline

Franklin

Grant

Iberia

Iberville

Jefferson

Jefferson Davis

Lafayette

Lafourche

LaSalle

Livingston

Orleans

Plaquemines

Pointe Coupee

Rapides

St. Bernard

St. Charles

St. Helena

St. James

St. John the Baptist

St. Landry

St. Martin

St. Mary

St. Tammany

Tangipahoa

Tensas

Terrebonne

Vermillion

Vernon

Washington

West Baton Rouge

West Feliciana

 

Road Closures as of 1730 hours

****NOTE: All roads that re-open will be highlighted red in bold letters

Allen Parish:
Acadia Parish:

·        The John N John bridge in Crowley (La 13) has been closed

·        HWY 90:  Between Taylor Street and 2nd Street (Mermentau). The road is closed because of ice on the roadway.

·        US 90 east and west between Crowley and Rayne is closed

 

Ascension:

·        I-10 East and West from LA-61 to LA-73

·        Highway 941

·        Overpasses on Highway 74

 

Assumption Parish:

·        LA 182 at the Amelia Bridge

·        Highway 1010

·        Highway 1247

 

Beauregard Parish:

Calcasieu Parish:

·        I-210 in both directions: Road closed between Exit 1: I-10 and Exit 12: I-10 (Lake Charles). The road is closed because of ice on the roadway.

·        US 90 East flyover bridge to 1-10  on ramp.  Traffic will be detoured to PPG Dr.

·        I-10 in both directions: Road closed at Exit 44: US 165 (near Iowa). The road is closed because of ice on the roadway.

 

Cameron Parish:

·        Texas DOTD has closed Causeway Bridge located Hwy 82 entering Cameron Parish from West Side

East Baton Rouge Parish:

·        LA 37: Road closed to traffic between Frenchtown Road and Choctaw Dr. near Baton Rouge. The road is closed to traffic because of ice on the roadway.

·        I-12 in both directions: Left lane closed between Exit 7: LA 3245; O'Neal Lane and Exit 10: LA 3002; South Range Avenue (Baton Rouge). The left lane is closed because a Winter Storm Warning is in effect. Until tomorrow at about 11:59PM CST.

·        Central Thruway between Choctaw and French Town

·        I-10; Entire roadway from I-10 split to Hwy 1/ St. Francisville

·        (Reduced to one lane) LA-37 at Comite

 

Evangeline Parish:

·        1-49 North and South between LA 29 and LA 106


Grant Parish:

Iberia Parish:

·        US 90 between LA 675 and LA 88

·        Overpasses on Hwy 90

Iberville Parish:

·        I-10 East and West from the WBR Line to Basin Bridge

 

Jefferson Parish:

·        Lake Pontchartrain Causeway Bridge North

·        LA 3139 North and South at LA 3154

 

Jefferson Davis Parish:

·        US 90 at the Mermantau River Bridge

Lafayette Parish:

·        I-10 eastbound: Road closed at Exit 103: I-49; US 167 (Lafayette). The road is closed because of ice on the roadway. See map for detour(s).

·        The Ambassador Caffrey overpass at US 90/Cameron Street is closed in both directions.

·        I-10 East and West at the I-10/I-49 Split

 

Lafourche Parish:

·        Valentine Bridge is closed


Livingston:

·        I-12 East and West between Ranger to Amite River

 

Natchitoches Parish:

·        Front Street Closed (downtown)

 

Orleans Parish

·        Causeway bridge is closed

·        (Reduced to one lane) Danziger Bridge on US 90

·        (Reduced to one lane) Judge Seeber Bridge/Claiborne Ave. Bridge on LA 39

·        (Reduced to one lane) Ted Hickey (Seabrook/ Leon C Simon Bridge)

·        Exit ramp from I-10 East to Downman Road

·        US 90 B Crescent City Connection HOV Lanes

·        I-10 East and West on the Twin Span

 

Plaquemines Parish

·        (Reduced to one lane) Judge Perez Bridge on LA 23

 

Pointe Coupee Parish:

·        LA 1 in both directions: Road closed between LA 10; Campbell Street and LA 972 (4 miles north of Morganza). The road is closed because of ice on the roadway

·        Morganza Spillway/ Hwy 1

·        LA 10 between the John James Audubon Bridge and LA 10 Business

Rapides Parish:

·        ALEXANDRIA/PINEVILLE: Jackson Street Bridge (HWY 165) Closed.

·        LA 8 in both directions: Bridge closed at Leitrim Avenue (Boyce). The bridge is closed because of ice on the roadway.

·        I-49 in both directions: Road closed to traffic between Exit 73: LA 3265; Robinson Bridge Road and Exit 94: River Road; Rapides Station Road (near Alexandria). The road is closed to traffic because of ice on the roadway.

·        US 165B in Alexandria in both directions: Road closed to traffic between Johnston Street and I-49 (Alexandria). The road is closed to traffic.

·         Broadway Overpass @ I-49

·         Sugarhouse Overpass @ I-49

·         Pineville Expressway @ Donahue

·         Elevated Portions of I-49 through Alexandria

·        I-49 South at US 167 (Turkey Creek) traffic able to pass on the entrance and exit ramp

St. Bernard Parish:

·        LA 3146 (Violet Canal Bridge) at LA 39

St. Charles Parish:

·        (Reduced to one lane) Luling Bridge/ Hale Boggs Bridge on I-310

St James: 

·        Veterans Memorial Bridge

 

St John: 

·        I-55  in both directions between Laplace and Ponchatoula

·        Veterans Memorial Bridge

St. Landry Parish:

St. Martin Parish:

·        I-10 in both directions: Road closed to traffic between Exit 109: LA 328; Anse Broussard Highway (near Breaux Bridge) and Exit 135: LA 3000 (near Rosedale). The road is closed to traffic because of ice on the roadway.

 

St. Mary:

St. Tammany:

·        Lake Pontchartrain Causeway Bridge South


Tangipahoa:

·        I-55 Both Directions from mile 0 to mile 23

Terrebonne:

 

·        LA 308 in both directions: Bridge closed between Valentine Drive and Joe Brown Road (1 mile east of the Houma area). The bridge is closed due to a winter storm.
Comment: The Valentine Bridge is closed between Joe Brown Road and Valentine Drive due to a winter storm. Detour: Bollinger Swing (North 4 miles - state operated) or T Bois Lift (South 4.5 miles - parish operated)

Comment: The Valentine Bridge is closed between Joe Brown Road and Valentine Drive due to a winter storm. Detour: Bollinger Swing (North 4 miles - state operated) or T Bois Lift (South 4.5 miles - parish operated)

·        LA 316 in both directions: Emergency repairs between Old Ferry Road and Romero Street (near Houma). Emergency repairs are in progress. The bridge is closed. See map for detour(s).

Comment: The Bayou Blue Pontoon is closed between Old Ferry Road and Romero Street due to repairs. Detour: LA 3087 Prospect Bridge (West 3.5 miles)

·        Dularge overpass on hwy 315 is closed

·        LA 20 on the Schriever Overpass

Vermilion:

West Baton Rouge Parish:

·        I-10 is closed in both directions from WBR to Lafayette (I-49)

·        (Entrance Ramp) LA-1 North and South onto I-10


West Feliciana Parish:

·        The Audubon Bridge is being closed to traffic by State DOTD at this time. Per WFP @ 747

·        The Hwy. 10 bridge over Thompson Creek between Jackson and St. Francisville is being closed by the state DOTD and will remain closed today.

·        Low water bridges on Sligo Road and Solitude Road are closed

·        US 61 between HWY 421 and Mississippi State Line

·        Low Water Bridges on Island Road at Morris Road are closed

 

 

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

 

 


 

 

 

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