Winter weather expected to impact Louisiana

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Much colder temperatures are expected late tonight behind a strong cold front that will quickly move through the region late this afternoon and evening. Areas of rain, mixed with sleet and snow, will also diminish from northwest to southeast across the region. Look for low temperatures to fall into the 20s across much of the area, with readings near 30 across portions of Deep East Texas and the Southern sections of Northcentral Louisiana.

BATON ROUGE (January 28, 2019) – The Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) is urging everyone to prepare for freezing temperatures and the potential for wintry conditions across much of the state. GOHSEP has activated its Crisis Action Team in order to support our local emergency managers with any potential requests for resources. The National Weather Service (NWS) offices that cover Louisiana have already issued Winter Weather Advisories for some regions. Check your local forecast and be aware of any weather alerts. If ice, sleet or snow becomes a problem, use caution.

Here is the latest on timing and possible conditions from the National Weather Service (NWS) Shreveport office:

Timing and Overview:

Rain will develop across the region as an arctic cold front moves through Monday evening. Lingering precipitation behind the front will transition to snow.  A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued for a large area extending from Natchitoches to Monroe.

Four State Impacts:

Expected Accumulations:

One to two inches across portions of north and central Louisiana, along with portions of south-central Arkansas

Impacts:

Light icing on elevated surfaces such as bridges and overpasses may cause hazardous driving conditions.

 

 

Here is the latest on timing and possible conditions from the NWS-Jackson, MS office (northeast LA):

 

Today and Tonight

 

SNOW THREAT…Limited

TIMING…Late this evening through overnight

 

Travel issues are possible late this evening and through the overnight hours as precipitation behind a strong cold front changes over to snow. Snow accumulations of up to an inch are possible. Bridges may become snow covered and slick. Wind chills

will fall into the teens overnight.

 

Tuesday through Sunday

 

Roads may remain hazardous through Tuesday morning. In addition,

wind chills are expected to be in the teens.