News Alert: GOHSEP SPECIAL WEATHER REPORT 22 February 2015
Posted: 2/23/2015 10:47:33 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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