UPDATE 1/27/2014 1:52 P.M.: The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for Baton Rouge, southeastern Louisiana and parts of southern Mississippi.
The warning is in effect until tonight.
UPDATE 1/27/2014 1:07 P.M.: East Baton Rouge parish schools will be closed Tuesday because of weather concerns.
Southeastern Louisiana University and McNeese State University both announced they will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday.
UPDATE 1/27/2014 11:50 A.M.: The LSU Emergency Operations Center is monitoring the weather, but currently all classes and activities for Tuesday remain as planned.
Follow The Daily Reveille for updates on the upcoming weather.
While some may be relieved by milder temperatures after Friday’s snow and ice storm, Baton Rouge can expect more severe weather, according to the National Weather Service.
Bob Wagner, National Weather Service meteorologist, said the area will see another winter weather event on Tuesday or early Wednesday.
Wagner said Tuesday’s overnight temperatures could be even colder than Friday’s, and could dip as low as the mid to upper 20s.
“The high on Tuesday probably won’t get much above freezing,” Wagner said.
Friday’s storm caused road and school closures and moved back deadlines for the University’s add and drop dates.
In addition to the University, which announced it would be cancelling classes for the day around 5 a.m. on Friday, McNeese State University, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and the West and East Baton Rouge Parish School districts all shut down school on Friday.
Ernie Ballard, University director of Media Relations, said in an email the deadlines for adding and dropping courses were adjusted accordingly. The current deadline to drop courses is by 4:30 p.m. today, and the deadline to add courses and register late is now 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Ballard said a decision has not yet been made as to whether Friday’s cancellations will affect the schedule of breaks later in the year.
Gov. Bobby Jindal declared a second state of emergency on Friday, following his declaration from earlier that week.
According to the relevant State of Louisiana’s Executive Department Declaration, the National Weather Service predicted that “dangerously frigid temperatures” already impacting the rest of the United States would create “hazardous winter weather conditions” throughout Louisiana.
Wagner said most of the precipitation that fell in Baton Rouge on Friday was in the form of freezing rain.
Several major interstates and roads were closed as a result, including the Essen Lane overpass from I-10 to I-12, I-12 West between O’Neal Lane and the junction between I-10 and I-12, and I-10 West between Highland Road and the Mississippi River Bridge.
Temperatures started to warm up enough to melt the ice by midday Saturday.
According to the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development news releases, I-10 east and west and I-12 are now completely open.
“The main threat to Baton Rouge area right now is snow, but we can’t rule out the possibility of more freezing rain,” Wagner said.