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.
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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.
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Sharing for Saint James Parish Sheriff's Office via NIXLE
UPDATE: Highway 3127 and Highway 20 have been reopened.
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Sharing for Saint James Parish Sheriff's Office via NIXLE
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.
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The National Weather Service in New Orleans has issued a Flood Advisory for Northwestern Lafourche Parish in southeastern Louisiana -- including Thibodaux, Choctaw, Chackbay and Bayou Boeuf -- until 2:45 PM.
At 11:35 AM CST, Doppler radar indicated heavy rain due to thunderstorms.
Minor flooding is ongoing or expected to begin shortly in the advisory area. Between 1 and 2 inches of rain have fallen
Additional rainfall of 1 to 3 inches is expected over the area. This additional rain will result in minor flooding.
At 10:20 AM, radar indicated strong thunderstorms were located along a line extending from Whitehall , Louisiana, to near Supreme, Louisiana.
Movement was northeast at 60 mph.
Winds in excess of 40 mph are possible with these storms.
The North Lafourche area -- Thibodaux, Choctaw, Chackbay, and Bayou Boeuf -- may be impacted.
Torrential rainfall is also occurring with these storms, and may cause localized flooding. Do not drive your vehicle through flooded roadways.
Investigators say they have found Jalisa Lassalle and she is safe. Louisiana State Police had issued an Amber Alert for the 10-year-old after they said she was last seen getting into a car Sunday afternoon with a man in New Iberia.
A 10-year-old girl from New Iberia has reportedly been abducted by a 33-year-old man, and Louisiana State Police have issued an Amber Alert in a plea for the public's help.
The alert was issued at 11:25 p.m. Sunday.
According to LSP, the suspected abductor is 33-year-old Michael R. Sereal of New Iberia.
He's described as a black man, standing 5-feet, 9-inches tall and weighing 224 pounds. He was last seen driving a 2012 Nissan Altima with license plate N472845.
The 10-year-girl is identified as Jalisa Lassalle, who was last seen in the 1400 block of Fulton Street in New Iberia and getting into Sereal's vehicle, LSP said. Lassalle is described as standing 4-1/2-feet tall and weighing 75 pounds. She was wearing a red hoodie and blue-jean shorts.
Officials said in the alert that she ‘is believed to be in imminent danger’.
Anyone with information is asked to call the New Iberia Police Department at 337-369-2306 or 911.
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.
Sharing for the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office:
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.
SHARING FOR ANOTHER AGENCY:
If you or anyone you know would like to be tested for COVID-19, the Louisiana National Guard is providing free COVID-19 testing in front of Bollinger Memorial Student Union.
Testing is open to the public and takes place from 9:00 AM until 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday.
If you have previously been tested, it is okay and even encouraged to retest for current results.
To receive a free test, you must provide a telephone number or email address. Photo ID is not required.
Registration is not required but will help speed up the process.
Tests are available for all Louisiana residents ages five (5) and older. Children under the age of 16 must have a guardian present.
Quest Diagnostics will process the tests and provide them through email or through the patient portal on their website. Results will be available to patients within three (3) to five (5) days of testing.
Contact tracers will reach out to individuals who test positive by telephone. They will call those individuals from the telephone number: 877-766-2130.
During the call, they will connect you to resources available to help you safely quarantine.
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