News Alert: GOHSEP SPECIAL WEATHER REPORT 22 February 2015
Posted: 2/23/2015 10:46:57 AM
Louisiana Business Emergency Operations Center

GOHSEP SPECIAL WEATHER REPORT

22 February 2015

As of: 6:25 pm

 

STATE EOC ACTIVATION LEVEL: CAT

 

SITUATION:   A strong cold front from the north with widely scattered showers will be moving through the area tonight into Friday. Considering the temperature trends and precipitation coverage, residents are urged to continue monitoring the latest statements and forecasts for additional information on this coming hazardous weather event.

 

FORECAST for LOUISIANA 

                

Southeast Louisiana:   There is a chance for freezing rain Monday into early Tuesday morning in Louisiana Parishes northwest of a line Clinton to Gross Tete. Some glazing of exposed surfaces will be possible from around 11:00 pm Monday through sunrise Tuesday. Temperatures are expected to rise above freezing after sunrise Tuesday, melting any ice quickly.  Areas north and northwest of the Baton Rouge metro area should pay particular attention to road conditions early Tuesday and monitor any updates, particularly any adjustments in the potential area susceptible to freezing rain.

 

Southwest / Central Louisiana:  A strong cold front dropping southward across the forecast area will continue to produce widely scattered showers along and ahead of it through the day. Behind the front much colder air and widespread rains can be expected through tonight, however little to no accumulation of ice is expected at this time. By 6 am Monday, temperatures will fall to the freezing mark in central Louisiana, and any precipitation that is falling will freeze on contact, especially elevated roads and bridges. As the day progresses Monday, temperatures will hold steady or even fall, so the freezing rain is expected to expand to the US 190 corridor of southwest Louisiana Monday afternoon. Temperatures will fall below freezing in most locations, specifically the Interstate 10 corridor northward,  with the exception of the immediate coast and parts of south central Louisiana Monday night into Tuesday morning, so any lingering rain will cause elevated roads and bridges to become hazardous. Total ice accumulations will be around one tenth of an inch in central Louisiana, to around one hundredth of an inch along the I-10 corridor from Beaumont to Lake Charles and Lafayette.

 

This event is expected to have an impact on travel. Elevated roads and bridges could become slick. Freezing precipitation is expected to become a problem on area roadways starting shortly after dark tonight across central Louisiana and eventually spreading closer to I-10 after midnight.

 
North Louisiana:   Wintery precipitation consisting of a 50/50 mix of freezing rain and sleet  is expected to begin at midnight and continue through Tuesday across all of northern Louisiana. Accumulation of up to half of an inch is possible depending on temperature trends, however any accumulation will drop from Monday afternoon into Tuesday. This event is expected to have an impact on travel. Elevated roads and bridges could become slick.
 
A Winter Storm Warning is in effect from 9:00 pm tonight through 6:00 pm Monday as precipitation transitions into freezing rain and sleet. Just a cold rain is expected today, however this evening into overnight hours the rain will transition over to wintery mix and will continue through Monday with accumulation near one quarter of an inch possible.  
 
 
School and Government Closures:
 
Red River Parish
Red River Parish private schools
 
Natchitoches Parish
Natchitoches Parish public schools and some private schools
 
Catahoula Parish
Catahoula Parish Schools
 
Jackson Parish
Jackson Parish Courthouse
Jackson Parish schools

State offices closed

 
East Carrol Parish
East Carroll Parish public schools
 
Rapides Parish
Rapides Parish public schools
Rapides Parish private schools

State offices closed

 
Vernon Parish
Vernon Parish public schools
 
Ouachita Parish
Ouachita Parish public schools
Ouachita Parish private schools
Ouachita Christian Academy
University of Louisiana at Monroe
 
Madison Parish
Madison Parish public schools
Madison Parish private schools
 

Bossier Parish

Bossier Parish public schools

Bossier Parish Community College

State offices closed

 

Franklin Parish

Franklin Parish public schools

State offices closed

 

Lincoln Parish

Lincoln Parish public and private schools

Louisiana Tech (Ruston and Shreveport)

Grambling State University

State offices closed

 

Union Parish

Union Parish public and private schools

State offices closed

 

Jackson Parish

Jackson Parish public schools

Jackson Parish private schools

State offices closed

 

Caddo Parish

Caddo Parish public and private schools

LSU - Shreveport

NSU - Shreveport

Southern University - Shreveport

State offices closed

 

Webster Parish

Webster Parish public schools

Webster Parish private schools

State offices closed

 

Grant Parish

Grant Parish public

Grant Parish private schools

Grant Parish Police Jury

Grant Parish Sherriff Offices

State offices closed

 

Richland Parish

Richland Parish public schools

Richland Parish Private Schools

State offices closed

 
State Actions:
 

DOTD: Be advised, the DOTD ESF-3 EOC has activated as of 5:00 pm 2-22-2015.  Continued heightened alert for those Districts along the I-20 corridor continues.  All Districts are monitoring weather conditions.  Communications between the Districts, the DOTD ESF-3 EOC, DOTD Executive staff, State EOC and LSP will be maintained until winter weather conditions subside.

 
 

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

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