News Alert: GOHSEP SPECIAL WEATHER REPORT 23 February 2015
Posted: 2/23/2015 4:55:13 PM
Louisiana Business Emergency Operations Center

GOHSEP SPECIAL WEATHER REPORT

23 February 2015

As of: 4:45 pm

 

STATE EOC ACTIVATION LEVEL: CAT

WebEOC Incident: 15-006 Severe/Winter Weather Statewide, February 20-23, 2015

 

SITUATION:   A strong cold front from the north with widely scattered showers began moving through the area last night and will continue through Tuesday afternoon. Considering the temperature trends and precipitation coverage, residents are urged to continue monitoring the latest statements and forecasts for additional information on this hazardous winter weather event.

 

FORECAST for LOUISIANA 

                

Southeast Louisiana:  A freezing Rain Advisory is in effect for areas north and west of Baton Rouge for tonight. Light freezing rain is expected to develop in the late evening and continue through the night. Ice accumulations of up to a tenth of an inch will be possible on exposed surfaces such as trees, power lines, and bridges. Travel could become hazardous as bridges and overpasses become ice covered.

 

Southwest / Central Louisiana:   The chance of freezing rain and sleet will be the main weather threat today and tonight as temperatures continue to fall through the day and overnight hours. A Freezing Rain Advisory is in effect from 6:00 pm until noon Tuesday. The freezing line will continue southward and reach the Interstate 10 corridor by midnight through late tomorrow morning with total ice accumulations to range from 0.01 inch along the Interstate 10 corridor from Beaumont to Lake Charles, to around 0.15 inch in central Louisiana. Elevated roadways and bridges are most likely to freeze during this event, however problems with the grounded roadways are not as likely.

 

Temperatures are expected to rise above freezing by 9:00 am Tuesday morning and icy conditions should be improved region-wide by noon. Another upper level disturbance is expected to bring a good chance of rain Wednesday but with temperatures above freezing no icing or winter precipitation is expected. Another surge of cold air will bring temperatures back down for Thursday through Saturday but no precipitation is expected.

 
North Louisiana:   A Winter Storm Warning remains in effect until 9:00 pm this evening. A mixture of freezing rain and sleet with some snow possible is moving east along the Interstate 20 corridor and is expected to continue through midnight. Freezing rain and sleet accumulations are expected to be around on half an inch. These accumulations may cause travel difficulties mainly on elevated bridges overpasses however some secondary roadways may become icy. The precipitation should be moving out of the region later this evening.
 
Another round of light rain will be possible late Tuesday night before transitioning over to moderate rain during the day Wednesday. Some of the precipitation could begin as light freezing rain Tuesday night before transitioning over to moderate rain during the day Wednesday.
 
 
State Actions:
 
GOHSEP: Activated Crisis Action Team as of 3:00 PM on 2/22/2015. Participated in several weather briefings between the NWS offices from Lake Charles and Jackson.
 

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.

 

LSP: The LSP Crisis Response Staff is monitoring this weather event and is ready to provide support to the LSP Troopers of DOTD when assistance is requested by the affected LSP Troop(s) or DOTD. The LSP EOC is currently at normal operations.

 

 

Parish Actions:

 

Parish

Emergency Declarations

Monday February 23

Tuesday February 24

Acadia

 

 

Schools closed

Allen

 

 

Schools closed

Avoyelles

2/23/15

Schools closed

Schools closed

Beauregard

 

DeRidder City Hall closed after 3:00 pm

Schools closed
DeRidder City Hall (reopen at noon)

Bienville

 

Schools closed

 

Bossier

2/23/15

Public schools closed
Bossier Parish Community College
State offices closed

Schools closed

Caddo

 

Schools closed
LSU - Shreveport
NSU - Shreveport
Southern University - Shreveport
State offices closed

Schools closed

Calcasieu

2/23/15

McNeese State University
closed after 5:25 pm

Schools closed
McNeese State University

Caldwell

 

 

Schools closed

Cameron

 

 

Schools closed

Catahoula

 

Schools closed

 

Claiborne

 

Schools closed

 

DeSoto

 

Schools closed

Schools Closed

East Carroll

 

Public schools closed

Schools closed

Evangeline

 

Schools closed
State offices closed
VPHS Playoff Game rescheduled to Wed

Public schools closed
Sacred Heart in Ville Platte
Ville Platte City Hall

Franklin

 

Schools closed
State offices closed

Schools closed

Grant

 

Schools closed
Grant Parish Police Jury closed
Grant Parish Sherriff Offices closed
State offices closed

Schools closed

Jackson

 

Schools closed
Jackson Parish Courthouse closed
State offices closed

Schools closed

Jefferson Davis

2/23/15

 

Schools closed
Parish Government closed
Parish Courthouse

Lafayette

 

 

Public schools closed
St. Thomas More
Cathedral Carmel
St. Pius Elementary School
Ascension Episcopal School
Sporting events after 6 pm cancelled

Lincoln

 

Schools closed
Louisiana Tech (Ruston and Shreveport)
Grambling State University
State offices closed

Public schools closed
Bethel Christian School
Montessori School of Ruston
New Living Word School

Madison

 

Schools closed

Schools closed
Parish offices
Parish Courthouse offices

Morehouse

 

Schools closed

Beekman Charter School

Natchitoches

 

Schools closed
Parish Government Offices and Parish Judges offices are closed but will reopen 10 am Tuesday

 

Ouachita

 

Schools closed
Ouachita Christian Academy
University of Louisiana at Monroe

Monroe City schools closed

Rapides

2/23/15

Schools closed
State offices closed

Schools closed
Louisiana College
Rapides Parish Courthouse
Clerk of Court
Police Jury
Tax Assessors Office
Registrar of Voters
Sherriff Department
District Attorney’s Office
9th JDC and Judges

Red River

 

Private schools closed

Schools closed

Richland

 

Schools closed
State offices closed

Schools closed

Sabine

 

Schools closed

 

St Landry

 

 

Schools closed
St Ignatius Catholic School-Grand Coteau
Family Worship Christian Academy- Opelousas
St Edmund Catholic School in Eunice
Opelousas Catholic in Opelousas
Westminster Christian Academy
Warriors of Christ Christian Academy
Good Shepherd Montessori School
JS Clark Leadership Academy
Schools of the Sacred heart in Grand Coteau

St Martin

 

 

St Bernard Catholic School (Breaux Bridge)

Tensas

 

Schools closed at noon
Police Jury Office closed at noon

Schools closed

Union

 

Schools closed
State offices closed

Schools closed

Vernon

 

Public schools closed

 

Webster

 

Schools closed
State offices closed

Schools closed

West Carroll

2/23/15

Schools closed
State offices closed
Parish Courthouse closed

Schools closed

Winn

 

Schools closed

 

 

 

 

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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