News Alert: GOHSEP SPECIAL WEATHER REPORT 7 January 2015
Posted: 1/7/2015 2:26:14 PM
Louisiana Business Emergency Operations Center
GOHSEP SPECIAL WEATHER REPORT
7 January 2015
As of 2:00 pm
 
STATE EOC ACTIVATION LEVEL: 4 Normal Operations
WebEOC Incident Name: 15-004 Winter Weather - Statewide, 7-10 January 2015

SITUATION:   A strong arctic high pressure system will build across the area today. Very cold air will be associated with this system, thus setting up a hard freeze warning criteria throughout most of the state.  This system will deliver the lowest temps the state has seen so far this winter season for the next couple of days. Residents and persons with interests in the area should monitor the latest forecasts concerning the upcoming weather. 
 
FORECAST for LOUISIANA 
               
Southwest Louisiana: A hard freeze warning has been issued for tonight into Thursday morning over most of the area.  After a hard freeze Thursday morning, temperatures will struggle to get out of the 30’s for highs. Increasing cloudiness with an approaching upper level disturbance will commence Thursday night into Friday, with a chance of precipitation Friday and Saturday mornings. 

Southeast Louisiana: A hard freeze warning is in effect for areas generally along and north of Interstate 10 and 12 corridors, including the New Orleans Metro area as well as the River Parishes to the southwest of Lake Pontchartrain including the Houma and Thibodaux areas.  A wind advisory is also in effect for all of southeast Louisiana today. These conditions will persist overnight only for areas south of Lake Pontchartrain to the Louisiana coasts. Additionally, these strong winds will produce bitterly cold wind chill values in the single digits to lower teens overnight. 

Central Louisiana:  A hard freeze warning has been issued for tonight into Thursday morning over most of the area.  After a hard freeze Thursday morning, temperatures will struggle to get out of the 30’s for highs. Increasing cloudiness with an approaching upper level disturbance will commence Thursday night into Friday, with a chance of precipitation Friday and Saturday mornings.

North Louisiana: The coldest temperatures so far this winter season will move into the region today, with temperatures expected to fall below freezing over much of the area early this evening. A long duration freeze is expected, with temperatures falling well into the teens area wide Thursday morning. A hard freeze warning is in effect tonight through 9 am Thursday morning. 
 
Impacts/Precautions:

Freeze Warning - sub-freezing temperatures are possible. 
oProtect plants by covering them or bringing them inside. 
oPets should be protected or moved indoors.
oBe 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.
oTo prevent freezing and possible bursting of outdoor water pipes, pipes should be wrapped or drained.
oDress 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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