News Alert: GOHSEP SPECIAL WEATHER REPORT 25 February 2015 As of: 3:45 pm
Posted: 2/25/2015 3:56:13 PM
Louisiana Business Emergency Operations Center
GOHSEP SPECIAL WEATHER REPORT
25 February 2015
As of: 3:45 pm
 
STATE EOC ACTIVATION LEVEL: CAT
WebEOC Incident: 15-006 Severe/Winter Weather Statewide, February 20-25, 2015
Proclamation NO. 26 BJ 2015 State of Emergency – Winter Weather
Proclamation NO. 28 BJ 2015 State of Emergency – Transportation and Delivery of Propane and Heating Fuels


 
SITUATION:   Lingering showers and below average temperatures will remain throughout the day and continue into Thursday. 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:  Widespread rain is developing across the region today, however no freezing precipitation is expected. A large arctic mass will be moving into the area this evening  bringing dry air and below normal temperatures through Friday. 
 
Southwest / Central Louisiana:   Areas of light rain and drizzle continue to fall across the area moving rapidly off to the northeast  keeping temperatures a bit cooler than normal.  The next front is expected through late on Thursday. This latest front is not expected to bring any rains.
 
North Louisiana:   A winter storm warning remains in effect until 6:00 pm this evening as an upper level trough of low pressure across northwest Louisiana will continue moving east across the four state Region. Over eastern parts of north central Louisiana, precipitation will be occurring as mostly snow with a wintry mix of light freezing rain and sleet before it transitions into snow in the afternoon. Less than a quarter inch of sleet and snow amounts are expected over lower parts of northwest and north central Louisiana with one half to five inches in northeast Louisiana, although there may be some isolated amounts of snow to up to six inches. The precipitation should exit the region late this afternoon or early this evening, however much of the snow and ice will remain into the day Thursday until temperatures warm up.
 


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 Troops or DOTD when assistance is requested by the affected LSP Troop(s) or DOTD. The LSP EOC is currently at normal operations.
On 2/23/15, LSP Troop E, F, and G utilized an additional 49 Troopers to assist / supplement the active shifts as a result of the winter weather event.
On 2/24/15, LSP Troop E, F, and G utilized an additional 45 Troopers to assist / supplement the active shifts as a result of the winter weather event that is taking place.  
From 0600 hours on 2/23/2015 to 1800 hours on 2/24/2015 LSP Troop E, F, and G have worked 64 weather related vehicle crashes and 102 weather related vehicle incidents as a result of the winter weather event that is taking place.
Troopers are actively monitoring roadways and weather conditions in their areas.
oTroop E:  (20 Troopers) Troop E has 16 Troopers, and 4 Sergeants assigned to the current shift which includes Troop E Administration and E Team. Two Communications Officers are on duty at Troop E.
oTroop F: (18 Total Troopers) Team A (8 Troopers, 2 Sgt's and a Lt), Team E (3 Troopers, 2 Sgt's and a Lt), 2 TESS Troopers.
oTroop G: (22 Total Troopers) The active shift, Team C/Lt. Mondello (7 personnel), will be supported as follows, Motor Carrier/Lt. Kendrick (3 personnel) 0600 hrs.-1800 hrs, Towing and Recovery (1 trooper) 0600 hrs.-1800 hrs., DPS/Weights & Standards/Sgt. Thomas (3 personnel) 0600 hrs.-1800 hrs., Team E/Lt. VanGossen (8 personnel) 0700 hrs.-1900 hrs., Lt. Robinson – XO, and Capt. Madden – CO

Region 7 & 8:  Approximately 6,000 power outages have been reported across Region 7 & 8 most of which are in Caddo and Bossier parishes.


Parish Actions:

ParishEmergency DeclarationsMonday February 23Tuesday February 24Wednesday February 25Thursday February 26
Acadia Schools closed  
Allen Schools closedAll open 
Avoyelles 2/23/15Schools closedSchools closed  
Beauregard DeRidder City Hall closed after 3:00 pmSchools closed
DeRidder City Hall (reopen at noon)All open 
Bienville Schools closedSchools closedSchools closed
Council on Aging
Parish Courthouse 
Bossier 2/23/15Public schools closed
Bossier Parish Community College
State offices closedSchools closed
Bossier Parish Community College
Bossier Parish CourthouseSchool closed
Bossier Court
Bossier Parish Community College 
Caddo Schools closed
LSU - Shreveport
NSU - Shreveport
Southern University - Shreveport
State offices closedSchools closed
Centenary College
Caddo Parish Offices
City of ShreveportSchool closed
Shreveport Regional Airport flights
LSU, NSU, Southern University in Shreveport 
Calcasieu2/23/15McNeese State University 
closed after 5:25 pmSchools closed
McNeese State UniversityAll open 
Caldwell Schools closedSchool closed
Police Jury offices 
Cameron Schools closedAll open 
Catahoula Schools closedSchools closedSchools closed 
Claiborne Schools closedSchools closedSchool closed 
Concordia Schools closed  
DeSoto Schools closedSchools ClosedSchool closed
Courthouse
DA
Police Jury
Clerk of Court 
East Carroll Public schools closedSchools closedSchool closed 
East Feliciana Schools closedAll open 
Evangeline2/23/15Schools closed
State offices closed
VPHS Playoff Game rescheduled to WedPublic schools closed
Sacred Heart in Ville Platte
Ville Platte City Hall  
Franklin Schools closed
State offices closedSchools closedSchool closed 
Grant Schools closed
Grant Parish Police Jury closed
Grant Parish Sherriff Offices closed
State offices closedSchools closedPublic schools closed
Grant Sherriff Office 
Jackson Schools closed
Jackson Parish Courthouse closed
State offices closedSchools closedSchool closed 
Jefferson Davis2/23/15 Schools closed
Parish Government closed
Parish CourthouseAll open 
Lafayette Public schools closed
St. Thomas More
Cathedral Carmel
St. Pius Elementary School
Ascension Episcopal School
Sporting events after 6 pm cancelled  
La Salle Schools closedLa Salle 
Lincoln Schools closed
Louisiana Tech (Ruston and Shreveport)
Grambling State University
State offices closedPublic schools closed
Louisiana Tech University
Grambling State University
Bethel Christian School
Montessori School of Ruston
New Living Word SchoolSchools closed
Phillips Lab School
LTU, GSU & Lab schools
Grambling University
Louisiana Tech UniversitySchools closed
Madison Schools closedSchools closed
Parish offices
Parish Courthouse officesSchools closed 
Morehouse Schools closedSchools closed
Beekman Charter SchoolSchools closed 
Natchitoches Schools closed
Parish Government Offices and Parish Judges offices are closed but will reopen 10 am TuesdaySchools closed
Northwestern State UniversitySchools closed 
NSU 
Ouachita Schools closed
Ouachita Christian Academy
University of Louisiana at MonroeMonroe City schools closedSchools closed
Diocese schools
Monroe Regional Airport flights
UL at Monroe
West Monroe City Hall
Parks and Recreations Departments
West Ouachita Public Transit
Parish Libraries
City of Monroe Offices 
Pointe Coupee Schools closedAll open 
Rapides2/23/15Schools closed
State offices closedSchools 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 JudgesAll open 
Red River Private schools closedSchools closedSchool closed 
Richland Schools closed
State offices closedSchools closedSchools closed 
Sabine Schools closedSchools closedPublic schools closed  
St Landry Schools closed
St Ignatius Catholic School-Grand Coteau 
Family Worship Christian Academy- Opelousas 
St Edmund Catholic School (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 Schools closed
St Bernard Catholic School (Breaux Bridge)
State Office closures  
Tensas Schools closed at noon
Police Jury Office closed at noonSchools closedSchools closed 
Union Schools closed
State offices closedSchools closedSchools closed 
Vermillion Schools closed  
Vernon Public schools closedSchools closed  
Webster Schools closed
State offices closedSchools closedSchool closed
Webster Parish Courthouse 
West Carroll2/23/15Schools closed
State offices closed
Parish Courthouse closedSchools closedSchool closed 
Winn Schools closedSchools closedSchool closed 
 
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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