Winter weather expected to sweep the U.S., snow flurries possible in Louisiana

Staff Report
Nate Fisher of Des Moines, Iowa, walks his 1-year-old dog, Alaska, in Des Moines during a winter storm on Jan. 14.

A winter storm is expected to dump snow through parts of the South and eventually the East Coast over the weekend, possibly bringing flurries as far south as Louisiana.

An estimated 60 million Americans were under some level of winter weather alert as of Jan. 14, according to the National Weather Service. Alerts sprawled from North Dakota, down to Georgia, and into the Northeast of the country.

The Weather Channel has dubbed the system "Winter Storm Izzy," while AccuWeather called it a "Saskatchewan screamer" due to its origination in Canada.

Will it snow in Louisiana?

The National Weather Service in New Orleans said in a social media post not to "get too excited" about hopes of a winter wonderland.

NWS forecasters expect cold air to move into the southeast Louisiana area the night of Jan. 15 behind a cold front.

If the cold air arrives fast enough and there is still enough moisture in the area, snow flurries are possible, according to NWS.

Forecasters said accumulation of snow is unlikely, though a light dusting on elevated surfaces such as cars and mailboxes could occur in portions of southwest Mississippi and adjacent areas of southeast Louisiana.

DOTD preparing for winter weather

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development announced that personnel are prepared for the possibility of wintry precipitation moving into the northern regions of the state on the evening of Jan. 15.

Roadway scouts will be dispatched along certain routes as needed to assess road conditions.

DOTD encourages motorists to use extra caution while driving during hazardous weather conditions, especially on bridges and overpasses as these freeze first, and to avoid driving at all if possible during a winter weather event.

DOTD personnel will continue to closely monitor the forecast and make appropriate decisions to ensure the safety of the traveling public.

While little to no accumulation is anticipated with this event, DOTD reminds motorists to adhere to the following general safety tips during winter weather conditions:

  • Drive slowly and carefully.
  • Avoid driving while distracted.
  • Always allow for extra driving time.
  • Reduce speeds when visibility is low.
  • Avoid using cruise control during inclement weather.
  • Make sure there is plenty of room between vehicles.
  • Be on the lookout for DOTD crews and their equipment, as well as other first responder crews.
  • Remember that it’s unlawful and unsafe to drive around a road closed barricade for any reason.