News Alert: GOHSEP SPECIAL WEATHER REPORT 5 March 2015 As of: 6:00 pm
Posted: 3/6/2015 8:05:31 AM
Louisiana Business Emergency Operations Center
5 March 2015
As of: 6:00 pm
WebEOC Incident: 15-007 Winter Weather – Statewide, March 4 – 5, 2015
Proclamation NO. 44 BJ 2015 State of Emergency – Winter Weather 

SITUATION:   An arctic cold front moved through the area Wednesday night bringing with it a wintery mix across some of Louisiana. This system moved out of the area this afternoon, bringing any wintery precipitation to an end. A high pressure system with clear conditions and slightly warmer temperatures will move into the area Friday before an upper level disturbance brings the probability of rain from Sunday through mid-next week.
Southeast Louisiana:  A strong arctic front has brought cold air and increasing winds back to the area for the end of the work week. The wintery precipitation is diminishing and no accumulation is expected. A Wind Advisory will be in effect until midnight for sustained winds of 20-30 mph with wind chill factors to fall into the teens and 20’s overnight across much of the area. Additionally, higher gusts can make driving difficult especially on east to west oriented roads. Temperatures will continue to drop after sunset and most places along and north of the Interstate 10 and 12 corridors will see freezing temperatures overnight, perhaps necessitating a Freeze Warning. 
Southwest / Central Louisiana:  Strong northerly winds will continue today in the wake of the passing cold front bringing the wintery precipitation to an end. However, icy spots can occur on rural bridges or elevated roadways with little traffic. A Hard Freeze is expected for central Louisiana tonight and Friday night along with the possibility of a Wind Chill Advisory as wind chills approach the 13 degree criteria for tonight. 

North Louisiana:   The wintery precipitation will taper out of the region from west to east today with much of the snow and ice pack melting this afternoon once temperatures climb above freezing. However, temperatures will quickly fall back below freezing early this evening with any snow and ice melt refreezing. This will result in the development of black ice and may affect bridges and overpasses as well as some roadways. A steady north wind around 10 mph is anticipated overnight with wind chill values into the single digits Friday morning. 

State Actions:
GOHSEP:  Activated the Crisis Action Team as of 4:00 pm March 4, 2015.
•         GOHSEP Regional Coordinators are monitoring their parishes and will maintain communications with the EOC throughout this winter weather event.
DOTD: HQ DOTD ESF-3 EOC will activate as of 6:00 pm on March 4th  due to the possibility of potential winter weather conditions existing March 4th – 5th. The EOC will remain activated and conduct 12-Hr Operational periods until state winter conditions subside. All (9) DOTD Districts will be monitoring roadways, bridges and elevated structures across the state with a heightened awareness in the current north and central at risk areas. All Districts are currently staged to conduct de-icing operations should the need arise across the state.  
LSP: The LSP Crisis Response EOC Staff is monitoring this weather event and is ready to provide support to the LSP Troops or LA DOTD when assistance is requested by the affected LSP Troop(s) or LA DOTD. The LSP EOC is currently at normal operations.

Troop E: Current Staffing (21 Total Troopers):  Troop E has 15 Troopers, 3 Sergeants, and 3 Lieutenants assigned to the current shift which includes Troop E Administration, and Criminal Patrol/Team E.
Troop F: Current Staffing (19 Total Troopers):  Team B (5 Troopers 2 Sgt’s and a Lt) Team E (5 Troopers 2 Sgt’s and a Lt)  and LSP 3 TESS units
Troop G: Regular Staffing / back to normal operations

Parish Actions:  
Orleans Parish is preparing to activate their freeze plan tonight through Friday morning.
Bossier Parish has declared a State of Emergency due to current weather conditions.


Freeze Warning - sub-freezing temperatures are possible. 
Protect plants by covering them or bringing them inside. 
Pets should be protected or moved indoors.
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.
To prevent freezing and possible bursting of outdoor water pipes, pipes should be wrapped or drained.
Dress warmly and keep exposed skin covered if outdoors.

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