NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Gov. Bobby Jindal issued a proclamation Wednesday declaring a state of emergency with the prospect of a new round of winter weather moving into parts of the state.
The National Weather Service predicts a strong arctic cold front could bring sleet and freezing rain and the potential for hazardous accumulations of ice on roadways.
As a practical matter, the proclamation allows state departments to respond to the impact of the severe cold.
Louisiana's Commissioner of Administration announced state government offices will be closed Thursday, March 5 in 6 Louisiana Parishes; Avoyelles, Catahoula, Grant, Jackson, LaSalle and Rapides. Agency heads were asked to notify essential personnel who would need to remain on duty despite the closure.
In the Shreveport area, utility crews fear already saturated ground from last week's round of winter weather could set the stage for more problems. They say the biggest threat for outages could come from strong winds and heavy ice snapping tree branches onto power lines.
Some schools in northern Louisiana have already delayed the starting time for classes Thursday in anticipation of bad weather.