Winter weather expected here

Published 4:55 am Friday, December 8, 2017

Following a Thursday afternoon meeting with Washington Parish President Richard Thomas and the National Weather Service out of Slidell, Bogalusa Public Works Director James Hall said the forecast called for snow from about 4 a.m. until noon today, with some places possibly getting particularly heavy snowfall.

“But City Hall will be open,” Hall said. “And there will be no road closures.”

Bogalusa City Schools, including Northshore Charter School, as well as Ben’s Ford Christian School will all be closed today.

The Washington Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness announced Thursday morning that a winter weather advisory was issued and would be in effect from 9 p.m. Thursday evening until noon today.

The advisory said that a mix of rain and sleet could begin late Thursday evening before becoming snow this morning. Most areas were only slated to see flurries with little if any accumulation. However, a few spots, especially on the northern boundary between Louisiana and Mississippi, were forecast to see less than an inch of accumulation on grassy surfaces, rooftops, and elevated surfaces, including roadways.

The advisory was issued for Washington Parish and portions of southeast Louisiana, southeast Mississippi and southern Mississippi.

A winter weather advisory for snow means that periods of snow with accumulations less than 2 inches within 12 hours will cause primarily travel difficulties. Emergency preparedness officials said to be prepared for snow-covered roads and limited visibility, and use caution while driving.