News Alert: GOHSEP SPECIAL WEATHER REPORT 8 January 2015
Posted: 1/8/2015 4:17:43 PM
Louisiana Business Emergency Operations Center
GOHSEP SPECIAL WEATHER REPORT

8 January 2015

As of 4:00 pm

 

STATE EOC ACTIVATION LEVEL: Crisis Action Team (CAT)

WebEOC Incident Name: 15-004 Winter Weather - Statewide, 7-10 January 2015

 

SITUATION:   An upper level disturbance will push through the state starting tonight and through the weekend.  With this disturbance there is a chance of rain for portions of the state, and combined with the freezing temperatures there will be a possibility of freezing rain or sleet.  The four NWS offices that serve our area have all briefed that the accumulation of any type of ice or freezing rain will be very minimal if any at all.  Listen to your local NWS offices for the latest weather reports for your area.

 

FORECAST for LOUISIANA 

 
Southwest Louisiana: Increasing cloudiness with an approaching upper level disturbance will commence tonight into Friday, with a chance of precipitation early Friday morning. With low temperatures near or just below freezing expected along and north of I-10 Friday morning, a chance for rain mixed with sleet and freezing rain is possible between midnight and daybreak Friday morning. A chance for rain mixed with sleet and freezing rain will continue through late Friday morning, tapering off by late afternoon and evening. Yet another upper level disturbance is forecast to move across the area Saturday morning. This coupled with another re-enforcing cold high, the chance for rain mixed with sleet and freezing rain along and north of I-10 is possible again Saturday morning.
 
Southeast Louisiana: Temperatures will not be as cold as last night, but freezing temperatures are once again expected across most of the area tonight into Friday morning and Friday night into Saturday morning. There is a slight chance of a mixture of rain and sleet on Friday, mainly along and north of the Interstate 10 and 12 corridors. Even if some sleet does occur, no accumulation is expected and impact will be minimal.
 
Central Louisiana:  Increasing cloudiness with an approaching upper level disturbance will commence tonight into Friday, with a chance of precipitation early Friday morning. With low temperatures near or just below freezing expected along and north of I-10 Friday morning, a chance for rain mixed with sleet and freezing rain is possible between midnight and daybreak Friday morning. A chance for rain mixed with sleet and freezing rain will continue through late Friday morning, tapering off by late afternoon and evening. Yet another upper level disturbance is forecast to move across the area Saturday morning. This coupled with another re-enforcing cold high, the chance for rain mixed with sleet and freezing rain along and north of I-10 is possible again Saturday morning.
 
North Louisiana: Moisture will return tonight and into Friday morning to override this cold air. Much of the area will be too dry in the lower levels to see significant precipitation Friday morning, but south of I-20 into central Louisiana there is a possibility of light rain, light freezing rain, and/or sleet. Very little to no ice accumulations are expected.

 
Actions by State Agencies:
GOHSEP:
o   Held a winter weather conference call with LADOTD, MEMA, MDOT, and Parish/County Directors to discuss plans and statuses of resources in case needed for the Interstates between Louisiana and Mississippi.

o   Participated in Winter Weather Conference Calls with all four of the NWS that service Louisiana.

o   Activated the Crisis Action Team (CAT) to monitor the weather impacting the state

 

DOTD:
o   Participated in the winter weather conference call with GOHSEP, MEMA, MDOT, and local directors

o   Placing work crews and supervisory staff on standby

o   Checking and field testing equipment, spreaders, graders, chainsaws, etc.

o   Confirming material supplies. Deicing materials, sand etc.

o   Planning to set up staging sites for deicing materials and equipment deployment if needed

o   Preparing deployment of scouting crews prior to heightened freeze conditions

o   District to District pre-planning and coordination

o   DOTD District 02 (Orleans) salted the approaches to both the Belle Chase and Harvey Tunnels last night 7 January 2015, and will continue this daily until temperatures stabilize above freezing.

 
DCFS:
o   DCFS Emergency Preparedness is currently monitoring and standing by ready to assist

 
Actions by Parish:
Region 1:
o   Status: After consultation with the National Weather Service Slidell Office (NWS-LIX), NOHSEP is recommending that the Citywide Freeze Plan (CFP) be implemented starting 07 January 2015 and terminate Friday morning 09 January 2015.

o   Shelters: In Orleans Parish, two of the four traditional homeless shelters are full and there are 60 beds available in the other two shelters. The Orleans run shelter, Allie Mae, remains closed at this time.

o   School Closures: McDonough 35, Eleanor McMain, and Joseph S. Clark Preparatory Schools in Orleans Parish have closed today, 8 January 2015, due to power outages.

o   Power Outages: Sporadic power outages have been reported in Orleans Parish and lower St. Bernard. Power outage in Jefferson (Kenner) was due to a vehicle accident.

 

Region 2:
o   Status: Freezing temperatures throughout the night, all parishes are monitoring the situation.

o   Shelters: None

o   School Closures: None

o   Power Outages: None

 

Region 3:
o   Status: Temperatures ranging from 26-32 degrees with feels like temps at 10-11 degrees as far south as Port Fourchon. St. John Parish has issued conserve water message to their residents for the duration of this event.

o   Shelters: None

o   School Closures: None

o   Power Outages: St. John Parish OEP reported approx. 1,300 were without power in the Belle Terre area of the parish due to "cold load" per Entergy, but has been restored as of 10:20 am on 8 January 2015.

 

Region 4:
o   Status: Freezing temperatures throughout the night, all parishes are monitoring the situation.

o   Shelters: None

o   School Closures: The Sacred Heart of Grand Coteau (St Landry Parish) was closed today 8 January 2015 as a precaution due to the potential for busted pipes and no water.

o   Power Outages: None

 

Region 5:
o   Status: Freezing temperatures throughout the night, all parishes are monitoring the situation.

o   Shelters: None

o   School Closures: None

o   Power Outages: None

 

Region 6:
o   Status: There is a small chance for freezing rain/sleet Friday morning, mainly between 4:00 am and noon. Temperatures are expected to be between 20-30 degrees throughout the Region tonight.

o   Shelters: None

o   School Closures: None

o   Power Outages: None

 

Region 7: 
o   Status: Temps dropped to 16 degrees at its lowest, but has reached 27 degrees today. No precipitation, so only ice was from dew left on the ground.

o   Shelters: Salvation Army regular shelter met capacity overnight last night but had no overflow.

o   School Closures: None

o   Power Outages: None

 

Region 8:
o   Status: The morning’s temperatures were at 16 degrees with a wind chill of 2 degrees.

o   Shelters: Currently the only shelter open in the Region continues to be Lillie Marbles Community Center. The center is reporting 20 individuals with most being "residents" of the closed Salvation Army facility.

o   School Closures: None

o   Power Outages: Region reported about 200 customers were without electricity.

 

Region 9:
o   Status: Temperatures in the Region range from the upper teens to mid-twenties. 

o   Shelters: St. Tammany Parish opened a warming shelter in Slidell last night, 7 January 2015, but it closed by 10:00 pm when no one showed up.

o   School Closures: None

o   Power Outages: There were about 4,600 Entergy customers near Hammond without power, this morning with only 400 customers still affected at 10:45 am on 8 January 2015.

 
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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