News Alert: GOHSEP SPECIAL WEATHER REPORT
Posted: 1/6/2015 10:15:09 AM
Louisiana Business Emergency Operations Center
GOHSEP SPECIAL WEATHER REPORT
5 January 2015
As of 3:55 pm
 
STATE EOC ACTIVATION LEVEL: 4 Normal Operations

SITUATION:  An arctic air mass will move south into the area Tuesday night and continue through Friday with temperatures in the upper teens to middle 20’s with possible wind chills reaching the single digits. There is a possibility of hard freeze warnings and wind chill advisories in most areas.  Residents and persons with interests in the area should monitor the latest forecasts concerning the upcoming weather.
 
FORECAST for LOUISIANA 
 
Southwest Louisiana:  A reinforcing cold front will cross the area Tuesday night with a very cold air mass to build over the forecast area behind it. A hard freeze is expected for Thursday morning with much below normal temperatures to linger into Friday. Thursday morning will be the coldest with temperatures 20 to 25 F while Friday morning will be between 25 and 32 F in most areas.  
Southeast Louisiana:  An arctic air mass will move through the area Wednesday night through Friday with a likelihood of hard freeze warnings and possible wind chill advisories. Wednesday night into Thursday morning temperatures are forecast to fall in to the upper teens and lower 20’s for areas generally along the north of the I- 10/12 corridor. Wind chills are currently forecast to drop to near 10 degrees for the same areas.  Thursday night into Friday morning temperatures are forecast to fall into the mid to upper 20’s and will include significantly calmer winds with wind chills only a few degrees lower than the ambient temperature.
Central Louisiana:  A reinforcement of arctic air will spill south into the region Tuesday night and Wednesday resulting in the coldest temperatures so far with this winter season during the mid and late week timeframe. An area wide hard freeze is likely Thursday morning as low temperatures fall well into the teens and lower 20’s.  
North Louisiana: Confidence is increasing in the potential for a hard freeze Wednesday night through Thursday as an arctic air mass surges southward into the area. Area wide low temperatures will fall into the teens by Wednesday night. In addition, wind chill readings may become dangerous in the single digits Wednesday night into Thursday morning.   Impacts/Precautions:

Ø  Freeze Warning - sub-freezing temperatures are possible.
o  Protect plants by covering them or bringing them inside.
o  Pets should be protected or moved indoors.
o  Be careful heating your home. Space heaters need to be kept 36 inches away from anything that can burn. Turn it off when you leave the room or go to bed.
o  To prevent freezing and possible bursting of outdoor water pipes, pipes should be wrapped or drained.
o  Dress warmly and keep exposed skin covered if outdoors.

For more information on severe weather, visit:
http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/winter/index.shtml
http://gohsep.la.gov/winter.aspx
 
GOHSEP OPERATIONS IS MONITORING THE SITUATION AND WILL CONTINUE TO UPDATE AND REPORT IF NEEDED.

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