GOHSEP activates Crisis Action Team due to winter weather conditions

BATON ROUGE, La (LOCAL 33) (FOX 44) - The Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) is urging residents to prepare for winter precipitation. GOHSEP’s Crisis Action Team is being activated to answer any requests for support from our local partners.

GOHSEP also hosted conference calls with the National Weather Service (NWS) and parish leaders to coordinate emergency response. The NWS indicates some regions of the state have already seen sleet and icy conditions.

A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for the Baton Rouge and New Orleans regions. Rain this evening will transition to snow Thursday night and Friday.

Light accumulations of up to 2 inches are possible on grass and elevated surfaces across greater Baton Rouge, the Northshore and southwest Mississippi. Other areas including the Southshore, New Orleans, and the Mississippi coast may see a transition to snow Friday with no accumulation expected.

GOHSEP has provided the following winter driving tips: 

  • Avoid driving while you’re fatigued. Getting the proper amount of rest before taking on winter weather tasks reduces driving risks.
  • Never warm up a vehicle in an enclosed area, such as a garage.
  • Make certain your tires are properly inflated.
  • Keep your gas tank at least half full to avoid gas line freeze-up.
  • If possible, avoid using your parking brake in cold, rainy and snowy weather.
  • Do not use cruise control when driving on any slippery surface (wet, ice, sand).
  • Use your seat belt every time you get into your vehicle.

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