BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Gov. Bobby Jindal has declared a state of emergency ahead of more winter weather moving through Louisiana.
The governor's declaration Wednesday says the National Weather Service reports a strong arctic cold front moving east from Texas is bringing with it sleet and freezing rain which will impact Louisiana over the next several days.
The weather service has issued a winter weather advisory and winter storm warning for the state's northern parishes, with below freezing, night-time temperatures predicted into the weekend making driving conditions hazardous.
The state of emergency extends to Thursday, April 2, unless terminated sooner.
Meanwhile, Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols says state government offices will be closed Thursday in the following parishes: Avoyelles, Catahoula, Grant, Jackson, LaSalle, Rapides and West Carroll.