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State offices and most schools in the New Orleans region closed early Tuesday as forecasters warned of heavy rain and severe thunderstorms.

So far, the most heavily hit areas have primarily been north and east of New Orleans, with tornado touchdowns on the Northshore and around Baton Rouge. Meteorologist Andrew Ansorge with the National Weather Service in Slidell says it’s a little rare to have this strong of a storm this early in the year.

Heavy rainfall Sunday and overnight is causing flooding and high tides in coastal Louisiana. There was a small breach in the levee in a Myrtle Grove subdivision, according to Fox 8 television, and the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries evacuated 23 people from a flooded trailer park in Tangipahoa Parish this morning.

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National Weather Service

Update, 1:05 p.m.: Flash Flood Warnings remain in effect through 2 p.m. for Orleans, Plaquemines, Jefferson and St. Bernard Parishes.

The National Weather Service's New Orleans office has issued Flash Flood Warnings for much of the metro region.

The warnings are in effect until 12 p.m. Central Time.

Winter Weather Closings And Reopenings

Jan 30, 2014

This post will be updated continuously as new information becomes available.

An updated list of closings and reopenings throughout the metro area, as the region comes back to life after inclement winter weather shut down much of Louisiana.

The National Weather Service’s New Orleans office says the temperature will drop below freezing tonight, and icy, dangerous conditions will persist until temperatures rise Thursday morning.

Roads, Bridges and Transportation

Find real-time traffic updates, links to live traffic cameras, and much more in this interactive application from the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development.

Louisiana State Police say motorists should not expect to see Interstate 10 reopened before Thursday.

Capt. Doug Cain says the state's major east-west thoroughfare remains closed between the Jefferson/Orleans parish line through Lafayette.

Cain says the concern is that temperatures won't warm up enough to thaw bridges along the highway like the Bonnet Carré Spillway, four miles at LaPlace and Interstate 55 over Manchac.

The Times-Picayune reports Cain also couldn't say when Interstate 12 might reopen.

Flights have resumed on a limited basis in and out of New Orleans' Louis Armstrong International Airport.

Airport spokeswoman Michelle Wilcut said flights started arriving mid-morning on Wednesday, roughly a full day after a blast of winter weather suspended service.

Wilcut said the resumption of service will vary by airline.

The airport typically has roughly 260 daily flights.

Power companies say they've restored power to most of the people who were without it earlier today. The total is down from about 2,200 people to fewer than 600.

This comes as the National Weather Service says its winter storm warning in Southeast Louisiana has been replaced with a hard freeze warning through Thursday morning.

The bulk of those without power are Entergy customers, including about 400 in Ascension Parish and 54 in Jefferson Parish — down from 1,500 and 660.

Eleven other parishes had anywhere from one to 30 customers in the dark.

City of New Orleans

The City of New Orleans and the metro region have begun to emerge from the winter storm that forced a near-complete shutdown of everything from airports to roads to restaurants, according to a city press conference held Wednesday morning.

Officials say we’re not out of the woods just yet, as dangerous winter weather continues to grip the region and already-freezing or near-freezing temperatures are expected to plunge again this evening.

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