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UPDATE: Choctaw Road has been reopened.
URGENT: Chackbay Volunteer Fire Department is on the scene of a crash in the 200 block of Choctaw Road.
Choctaw Road is closed at Highway 20 until further notice.
A FREEZE WARNING is in effect for Southeast Louisiana — including the Choctaw, Chackbay, and Bayou Boeuf communities — until 8:00 AM Wednesday morning.
Frost and freeze conditions will kill crops, other sensitive vegetation and possibly damage unprotected outdoor plumbing.
Take steps now to protect tender plants from the cold. To prevent freezing and possible bursting of outdoor water pipes they should be wrapped, drained, or allowed to drip slowly.Those that have in-ground sprinkler systems should drain them and cover above- ground pipes to protect them from freezing.
Click HERE to view the official alert.
Click HERE to view our winter weather preparedness page.
Icy road conditions are possible tonight and on Tuesday. Lafourche Parish is also under a MANDATORY CURFEW from 8:00 PM tonight through 8:00 AM tomorrow.
With that said, we strongly urge everyone to stay home and off the roads if at all possible today and tomorrow, especially during the hard freeze period which is projected for 6:00 PM tonight through noon on Tuesday. For those who MUST drive due to work or otherwise, allow yourself an extra 30 minutes or more to arrive at your destination. If roads are icy, SLOW DOWN and follow these safety tips.
Bridges tend to be affected by icy conditions more quickly than roads. We know this could be impossible for some, but try to avoid bridges when driving or limit your route to crossing as few as possible.
Check for road closures around the state at 511LA. If there are any major road closures in our area, we'll relay them to you on through text message alerts and on our CURRENT ALERTS page..
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A hard-freeze warning remains in effect from Monday evening through Tuesday morning.
Sub-freezing temperatures in the teens and lower 20’s should be expected.
Frost and freeze conditions could kill crops, other sensitive vegetation and possibly damage unprotected outdoor plumbing.
A shallow, very cold airmass is currently over much of south Mississippi and southeast Louisiana. An upper level disturbance will bring abundant moisture into the area late tonight and Monday.
Temperatures aloft are warm, and precipitation that develops tonight will be rain aloft, but as it reaches the cold air near the surface, it will transition to freezing rain or possibly sleet. Heavy freezing rain or sleet is expected across the warning area during the day Monday before ending from west to east toward sunset.
The expected precipitation amounts, especially of ice, are likely to produce significant impacts. After the precipitation ends, even colder air will arrive Monday night, producing wind chill values in the single digits and teens overnight Monday night and Tuesday morning.
Click HERE to view our post concerning the Governor’s declaration of a State of Emergency.
Governor John Bel Edwards has declared a STATE OF EMERGENCY due to the current heavy rainfall totals beginning to impact the state and the potential for wintry conditions beginning this weekend and extending to next week.
While the forecast beyond the weekend is still uncertain, the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) is urging all Louisianans to plan accordingly.
Flash flooding from heavy rains can happen very quickly. While flooded roadways and flash flooding are the immediate concerns, there is the potential for additional weather issues beginning tomorrow.
The National Weather Service (NWS) indicates an Arctic high pressure system is pushing south, bringing with it the coldest air of the season to at least portions of the state.
“Already in Louisiana we have communities that have seen the impacts of flash flooding and water on the roadways, and there is the potential for worse weather and bad conditions as the days go on. Now is the time for people to make a plan for the coming days that could include staying at home during severe weather,” Governor Edwards said.
”Monitor the local news and updates from the National Weather Service and your local leaders, check on your neighbors and stay safe.”
“The conditions over the next few days include a number of threats,” said GOHSEP Director Jim Waskom. “Right now we know heavy rain is forcing street closures in some regions and a flash flood threat will continue. We also know that dangerous winter weather conditions are in the forecast for Louisiana through the middle of next week. That means we all must remain aware of the severe weather threat, finalize your emergency plans for the winter weather threat and be ready to adjust those plans due any changes in the forecast or due to potential weather alerts being issued.”
Community sites for COVID testing managed by Louisiana’s National Guard will close on Monday and Tuesday.
Remember to take steps to prepare for the freezing temperatures. For pets and animals, bring them inside wherever possible and make sure drinking water stays unfrozen. For your home, protect your pipes and safely operate heating devices.
Check on friends, neighbors or family members that may struggle with these weather conditions. If travel is in your plans, visit 511LA for updates on road conditions.
GOHSEP is closely monitoring this weather threat and stands ready to support our local partners and state agencies if help if needed.
Visit our winter weather preparedness page by clicking HERE.
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UPDATE: Highway 3127 and Highway 20 have been reopened.
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Avoid Highway 3127 at Highway 3219 and Highway 20 to Highway 3213. The roadway is closed due to an accident.
All further information regarding this road closure will come from the Saint James Parish Sheriff's Office.
Please contact the Saint James Parish Sheriff's Office non-emergency line at (225) 562-2200 if additional information is needed.
Click HERE for the official NIXLE alert.
UPDATE: Highway 1 has been reopened to traffic after being closed for several hours due to a two-vehicle crash earlier today.
UPDATE: Highway 1 is expected to remain closed through 4:00 PM. No further details are available on time.
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CRASH/ROAD CLOSURE: Highway 1 is CLOSED in the 1000 block in Thibodaux due to a two-vehicle crash.
Deputies are assisting Louisiana State Police at the scene.
There is no time estimate for the roadway to reopen.
Traffic must detour to Highway 308 at Percy Brown Road and Saint Charles Bypass Road.
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State Police are cautioning drivers to be careful as cold weather moves through the area over the weekend.
The National Weather Service is monitoring a cold front that could create a mixture of rain and snow in south Louisiana late Sunday into early Monday, officials said.
The weather could affect roadway surfaces and create dangerous driving conditions, State Police said. Road closures are possible and expected across the state.
”Before deciding whether travel is necessary, Louisiana State Police urges motorists to stay informed with the latest weather and travel conditions,” State Police said in a release.
”Freezing rain and sleet can cause bridges and overpasses to ice quickly, as temperatures near the freezing point. If conditions deteriorate, motorists are encouraged to refrain from driving until conditions improve. If ice accumulates on bridges and/or overpasses, LSP will work closely with the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development and our local law enforcement partners to take appropriate measures.”
Call 511 for road closure information or visit the 511LA by clicking HERE. You can also download the Louisiana 511 mobile application.
State Police are offering the following winter weather driving tips: