My mom woke up this morning to four and a half inches of snow . in Baton Rouge, Louisiana! The power’s out at there house in Zachary and she can’t go to work because all of the bridges over the Mississippi are all closed. The National Weather Service has even issued a Winter Storm Warning for all of central Louisiana!
URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NEW ORLEANS LA
809 AM CST THU DEC 11 2008
A WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON CST TODAY.
A STRONG AND COLD UPPER LEVEL STORM SYSTEM COMBINED WITH LOW
PRESSURE OVER THE FLORIDA PANHANDLE WILL CAUSE RAIN TO MIX WITH
SLEET AND SNOW THIS MORNING ACROSS EAST CENTRAL LOUISIANA…
SOUTHEAST LOUISIANA AND EXTREME SOUTHWEST MISSISSIPPI AND COASTAL
MISSISSIPPI. THE WINTRY MIX HAS CHANGED OVER TO MOSTLY SNOW…
DURING OF THE MORNING RUSH HOUR ACROSS BATON ROUGE AND THIS SNOW
IS EXPECTED TO SPREAD EAST THIS MORNING.
TWO TO FOUR INCHES OF SNOW ACCUMULATION WILL BE POSSIBLE ON
GRASSY AREAS…AND ELEVATED ROAD SURFACES LIKE BRIDGES AND
OVERPASSES. SNOW ACCUMULATION OF TWO INCHES ON HIGHWAYS AND
ROADWAYS…ESPECIALLY INTERSTATE 12 AND INTERSTATE 55. MANY
ACCIDENTS WERE REPORTED BY STATE POLICE IN THE BATON ROUGE AREA
AND THIS THREAT WILL SPREAD EAST.
A WINTER STORM WARNING MEANS SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW…
SLEET…AND ICE ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. STRONG WINDS ARE ALSO
POSSIBLE. THIS WILL MAKE TRAVEL VERY HAZARDOUS OR IMPOSSIBLE.
Snow in Louisiana??? Perish the thought!
Update - 12:20 pm:
The photo below is from my mom’s back yard this morning.