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2014 Winter Storm
2:22 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Winter Weather Closings And Reopenings

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.

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2014 Winter Storm
9:34 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Cold Winter Hard On Crawfish Farmers

People planning Super Bowl crawfish boils may be out of luck. Farmers say cold has kept crawfish scarce all winter, and many ponds are now iced over.

LSU AgCenter aquaculture specialist Craig Lutz says people may need to order ahead even at the peak of the season.

David Savoy of Church Point has been in the business 40 years. He says he's never seen such a slow start.

Louisiana Crawfish Promotion And Research Board director Stephen Minvielle says ponds in St. Landry Parish have up to an inch of ice, with one-third to one-half inch on ponds in New Iberia.

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6:08 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

New Orleans Extends Property Tax Payment Deadline

The City of New Orleans has extended the deadline for paying 2014 property taxes to Friday, Feb. 7 due to the closure of City Hall as a result of the winter storm that shut down much of the region this week.

Property owners can make payments in several ways, including in-person, by mail and online:

In person:

Bureau of the Treasury
City Hall, Room 1W40

The City will provide a drop-off lane at the Perdido St. entrance to City Hall on Friday, Jan. 31 and Friday, Feb. 7.

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2014 Winter Storm
5:53 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Real-Time Traffic, Road Closure Updates

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.

2014 Winter Storm
3:09 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

State Police: I-10 May Reopen Thursday

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.

2014 Winter Storm
3:05 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Flights Resume At New Orleans Airport

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.

2014 Winter Storm
2:59 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

St. Bernard Offices Reopen Thursday

Officials in St. Bernard Parish say all government offices are expected to operate on normal schedules beginning Thursday.

Spokeswoman Lenor Duplessis says residents can get more information on parish operations as the winter storm abates online at www.sbpg.net or www.facebook.com/StBGov.

2014 Winter Storm
2:55 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Power Outages Down From 2200 To Fewer Than 600

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.

2014 Winter Storm
12:48 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Region Begins To Stir From Icy Hold, But Danger Remains

City and emergency reponse officials update the public during a Wednesday morning press conference.
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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2014 Winter Storm
11:05 am
Wed January 29, 2014

NASA Photo Shows Winter Storm From Space

This image, captured by a NOAA/NASA weather satellite at 8:45 a.m. Tuesday, shows a "winter blanket" extending across much of the southern U.S.
Credit NOAA/NASA GOES Project

The GOES-East satellite (a joint project of NASA and NOAA) captured this photo of the winter storm that hammered the South yesterday.

The National Weather Service has canceled the Winter Storm Warning for the New Orleans region as the storm moves offshore, but a Hard Freeze Warning is in effect. Temperatures are forecasted to warm into the mid- to upper-30s today, with hints of sunshine, but will quickly plummet after nightfall.

(h/t @ejimbo_com)

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