Friday’s state of emergency was declared “as a result of the extreme cold weather conditions that threaten the lives and property of the citizens of the State,” according to a statement from the governor. The declaration authorizes the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, or GOHSEP, to undertake any necessary steps to assist Louisianians impacted by the weather.
A light snow fell in several cities including Baton Rouge and Monroe on Thursday night. Dangerous wintry weather conditions on roads have already resulted in one death near Lake Charles on Friday, according to The Associated Press.
A hard freeze watch was issued Wednesday for areas north of Lakes Pontchartrain and Maurepas, including Baton Rouge and Slidell. The hard freeze warning was lifted for much of southeast Louisiana, including Baton Rouge and New Orleans, on Friday morning.
Here is a list of closures in the New Orleans area and the Baton Rouge area.