NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - The latest list of school closures is as follows:
Public schools in these parishes will be closed Tuesday due to the threat of severe weather.
- St. Tammany
Catholic schools in St. Tammany and Washington parishes are also closed including:
- Archbishop Hannan High School, Goodbee
- Pope John Paul II High School Slidell
- St. Paul School, Covington
- St. Scholastica Academy, Covington
- Mary, Queen of Peace, Mandeville
- Our Lady of the Lake, Mandeville
- Our Lady of Lourdes, Slidell
- St. Margaret Mary, Slidell
- St. Peter, Covington
- Annunciation, Bogalusa.
- Northlake Christian School in Covington
Private school closures
- Lake Castle Slidell Private School
- First Baptist Christian School
- Northshore Technical Community College
Colleges and universities
- LSU - closing at noon
- Southern University System - closing at noon
A list of Baton Rouge area school closures can be found here.
(Editor's Note: This story is being updated with closings as we get them. Please refresh the page for the latest information.)
"The main thing is the time of day, because they were saying from 2 to 8 o'clock was the threat," said Washington Schools Superintendent Darrell Fairburn. "And we're concerned about our buses being on the road when there is severe weather, tornadoes, hail or both, so that was our biggest concern."
A strong upper level low is in the beginning stages of development over the four corners region and will become very strong over Texas before pushing a cold front through southeast Louisiana and the Mississippi Gulf Coast. The first cold front made it through Monday, bringing widespread showers but no serious storms. The front stalled just offshore. Isolated showers will continue through Monday night.
The strong low pressure system pushing toward the high that had been in control will allow strong winds take over mid-morning Tuesday. A wind advisory is expected, as well as small craft advisories and a gale warning for offshore.
Some individual storms will develop ahead of a line of storms that will push in during the day Tuesday. The Storm Prediction Center places the area under an enhanced risk of severe weather for the majority of the area and the next highest designation of moderate risk for parts of the north shore and the Mississippi Gulf coast. The coming storms have the potential to develop tornadoes, large hail and high winds that could produce damage and heavy rain with lightning. A number of factors contribute to the forecast for strong storms, including high winds in the jet stream that split over the area allowing for maximum uplift. Strong southerly winds are also pushing in plenty of warm moist air to help fuel storms.
The FOX 8 Weather Team will be monitoring the storms through the day. You can download the FOX 8 Weather App as well to help keep up with the severe weather. Get alerts, track storms on radar and check live broadcast while on the go.