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4:30 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Deep South, Meet Deep Freeze

Originally published on Tue January 28, 2014 5:55 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

The Deep South is in a deep freeze. Snow, sleet and freezing rain have gripped a region more accustomed to sun and surf. As a result, roads are a mess and from South Louisiana to the Carolina coast, classes are cancelled, airplanes are grounded, and businesses and government offices are closed.

NPR's Debbie Elliott reports.

(SOUNDBITE OF SIRENS)

DEBBIE ELLIOTT, BYLINE: In Birmingham, Alabama today, just getting around town is practically impossible.

(SOUNDBITE OF SIRENS)

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2014 Winter Storm
2:06 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

VIDEO: New Orleans Officials Update Public On Winter Storm Response

Mayor Landrieu and city officials update the public on the progress of the winter storm and the public response effort on Tuesday.
City of New Orleans

Mayor Landrieu and officials from city emergency services agencies provided an update Tuesday on the response efforts underway as this week's winter storm begins to impact the region.

The storm has shuttered businesses, schools and offices, and is making many roads and bridges impassible.

City residents are urged to visit the NOLA Ready emergency website for more information as it becomes available.

2014 Winter Storm
10:12 am
Tue January 28, 2014

State Offices In 56 Parishes Closed On Tuesday

State government offices in 56 parishes will be shuttered Tuesday due to the winter storm forecasted to spread snow, sleet and freezing rain across much of Louisiana.

There are 64 parishes in Louisiana.

The announcement by state Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols cited expected power outages and dangerous driving conditions in the decision to close the offices in the following parishes: 

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2014 Winter Storm
7:00 am
Tue January 28, 2014

New Orleans Braces For Ice Storm

State transportation department workers restrict traffic on the Belle Chasse Bridge Tuesday morning.
Plaquemines Parish

Governor Bobby Jindal has declared a state of emergency as a winter ice storm bears down on the southern states. New Orleans is on high alert to cope with unusually cold and rough weather.

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2014 Winter Storm
9:28 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Entergy Says It's Prepared For Winter Storm, But Warns Some Outages May Last Up To 5 Days

Entergy, the predominant utility company serving much of Southeast Louisiana, including the City of New Orleans, says its subsidiary companies have marshaled over 2,100 workers in advance of a winter storm system expected to hammer the region between Monday night and Wednesday morning.

The entire region is currently under a Winter Storm Warning, and the National Weather Service is forecasting 1–2 inches of snow and 1/4 to 1/2-inch of ice in the New Orleans metro area. Areas south of Lake Pontchartrain will see less snow and more ice accumulation as a result of the storm system.

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The Reading Life
7:53 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Susan Larson's Snow Day Reading List

The Reading Life's Susan Larson.

The whole region might be encased in ice this week, but there's still time to get to your favorite local bookstore and stock up before the temperature drops and the roads close.

Here are some snow day reading choices perfect for curling up with in front of a roaring fire (or a space heater!).

— Finish up Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City series with The Days of Anna Madrigal and pretend you’re in San Francisco, where there is no snow, only an ever-charming and beloved cast of characters.

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2014 Winter Storm
7:24 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

State Transportation Department Releases Winter Storm Road Plan

Department of Transportation and Development New Orleans personnel prepared for the winter storm on Monday.
Louisiana DoTD

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development has released its response plan for the winter storm threatening much of the state.

The plan details the roads and bridges DOTD will attempt to keep clear. However, as all storms are dynamic events, DOTD says the following information may be adjusted depending on changing conditions.

DOTD will commit resources to keep the following roads open:

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Latest News
5:05 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Mayor Landrieu Says Icy City Streets Will Be Dangerous

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu has ordered City Hall closed tomorrow and Wednesday because of the incoming ice storm. The mayor says conditions could be the worst seen in the city for 25 years.

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2014 Winter Storm
4:56 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

WATCH: New Orleans Officials Provide Update On Winter Storm Preparations

A screen capture showing Mayor Landrieu and other city officials brief the press and public before the winter storm expected to wreak havoc throughout the region over the next few days.
City of New Orleans

Mayor Landrieu and officials from city emergency services agencies provided an update Monday afternoon on the preparations underway in advance of this week's winter storm.

The storm is expected to have a severe impact on the region, shuttering businesses, schools and offices; engendering power outages; and making many roads and bridges impassible.

City residents are urged to visit the NOLA Ready emergency website for more information as it becomes available.

2014 Winter Storm
4:25 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

State Department Of Transportation Preparing For Unsafe Road Conditions

Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development workers preparing road salt and sand ahead of the winter storm scheduled to impact the region.
Credit Louisiana DoTD

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development is preparing to deal with the snow, sleet and freezing rain expected to impact the New Orleans region this week.

The DOTD said in a press release that they are planning to pretreat portions of Interstates and major traffic corridors ahead of the storm's impact. Workers are prepared to apply de-icing materials, remove fallen trees, and close roadways if necessary; however, the state does not possess enough equipment or resources to keep all the bridges in the state open through this severe weather event.

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