News Alert: GOHSEP SPECIAL WEATHER REPORT 18 February 2015 As of 2:40 pm
Posted: 2/18/2015 2:46:39 PM
Louisiana Business Emergency Operations Center
GOHSEP SPECIAL WEATHER REPORT
18 February 2015
As of 2:40 pm
 
STATE EOC ACTIVATION LEVEL: 4 Normal Operations

SITUATION:   An cold air mass will move south into the area Wednesday night  with temperatures in the middle 20’s with possible wind chills reaching lower in some areas. There is a possibility of hard freeze warnings and wind chill advisories in some areas.  Residents and persons with interests in the area should monitor the latest forecasts concerning the upcoming weather. The temperatures  will begin to rise again on Thursday with rain chances increasing.
 
FORECAST for LOUISIANA 
               
Southwest/Central Louisiana:  A light freeze is expected tonight along and north of the I-10 corridor. Isolated places in central Louisiana could see a hard freeze for a brief period of time late tonight. Small rain chances come into the forecast by Friday as high pressure shifts to our east, with several weak upper level disturbances passing through the region.  Saturday also looks to be wet at time, likely not a total rainout for any given location.  By Sunday a cold front will sweep across the area most likely in the morning hours, so rain chances remain in the forecast with little temperature change.

 
Southeast Louisiana:   A reinforcing cold front will move through the area this afternoon and this evening ushering in very cold and dry air. Temperatures will plummet into the mid 20s across areas along and north of the I-10/12 corridor tonight and into the upper 20s and lower 30s across the river parishes and parts of the south shore away from the coast and any urban heat effects. 5 to 8 hours of freezing conditions can be expected with 3 to 4 hours of hard freeze conditions. Cold high pressure will remain the rule across the local area for the next couple days. Temperatures will remain well below normal during the day on Thursday. Afternoon highs will once again top out in the upper 40s and lower 50s. Significant warming trend begins on Friday as former cold front begins to lift northward and passes through the area again, this time as a warm front. Along with highs rising into the low to mid 60s, the front should allow for at least some isolated showers.



North Louisiana:  Periods of rain will occur beginning Thursday night and continuing into Monday. Although most of this precipitation will occur in the form of liquid rain some wintry precipitation is possible Thursday mainly late at night when temperatures fall to near or below the freezing mark. No accumulation is expected as surface temperatures remain warm.  Temperatures will rise as rain chances rise Friday and Saturday. The highs will be in the 60s with lows in the 40s this weekend.
 
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 SPECIAL WEATHER REPORT
18 February 2015
As of 2:40 pm
 
STATE EOC ACTIVATION LEVEL: 4 Normal Operations

SITUATION:   An cold air mass will move south into the area Wednesday night  with temperatures in the middle 20’s with possible wind chills reaching lower in some areas. There is a possibility of hard freeze warnings and wind chill advisories in some areas.  Residents and persons with interests in the area should monitor the latest forecasts concerning the upcoming weather. The temperatures  will begin to rise again on Thursday with rain chances increasing.
 
FORECAST for LOUISIANA 
               
Southwest/Central Louisiana:  A light freeze is expected tonight along and north of the I-10 corridor. Isolated places in central Louisiana could see a hard freeze for a brief period of time late tonight. Small rain chances come into the forecast by Friday as high pressure shifts to our east, with several weak upper level disturbances passing through the region.  Saturday also looks to be wet at time, likely not a total rainout for any given location.  By Sunday a cold front will sweep across the area most likely in the morning hours, so rain chances remain in the forecast with little temperature change.

 
Southeast Louisiana:   A reinforcing cold front will move through the area this afternoon and this evening ushering in very cold and dry air. Temperatures will plummet into the mid 20s across areas along and north of the I-10/12 corridor tonight and into the upper 20s and lower 30s across the river parishes and parts of the south shore away from the coast and any urban heat effects. 5 to 8 hours of freezing conditions can be expected with 3 to 4 hours of hard freeze conditions. Cold high pressure will remain the rule across the local area for the next couple days. Temperatures will remain well below normal during the day on Thursday. Afternoon highs will once again top out in the upper 40s and lower 50s. Significant warming trend begins on Friday as former cold front begins to lift northward and passes through the area again, this time as a warm front. Along with highs rising into the low to mid 60s, the front should allow for at least some isolated showers.



North Louisiana:  Periods of rain will occur beginning Thursday night and continuing into Monday. Although most of this precipitation will occur in the form of liquid rain some wintry precipitation is possible Thursday mainly late at night when temperatures fall to near or below the freezing mark. No accumulation is expected as surface temperatures remain warm.  Temperatures will rise as rain chances rise Friday and Saturday. The highs will be in the 60s with lows in the 40s this weekend.
 
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 
 

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