Weather update: Schools closed tomorrow – American Press

Weather update: Schools closed tomorrow – American Press

Weather update: Schools are closed tomorrow

Posted at 2:38pm Tuesday, January 16, 2024

A hard freeze warning and wind chill advisory will be issued Wednesday morning — which will likely be the coldest morning so far this winter in southwest Louisiana.

Temperatures will drop into the teens in most locations, said Doug Kramer, storm warning coordinator for the National Weather Service in Lake Charles.

“All locations will see between 14 to 20 hours of sub-freezing temperatures through Wednesday morning,” he said.

All public schools in Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Jeff Davis and Vernon parishes will remain closed Wednesday due to continuing cold weather conditions, as will Bishop Noland Episcopal Day School. Universities are expected to reopen on Thursday.

“Following our building assessments and monitoring the latest weather forecast, we are making the decision to close all Calcasieu Parish School Board schools and facilities on Wednesday,” said Holly Holland, CPSB spokeswoman. “Some of our campuses are still experiencing power outages, and we are also experiencing heating issues across the region, many of which are due to ongoing construction.

“Additionally, with more than half of our students riding our school buses or walking to school (Wednesday), the expected windshield temperatures at pick-up time are again a major concern,” Holland said. “We feel this decision is in the best interest of the safety of all students, faculty and staff.”

Lake Charles Parish schools will also be closed on Wednesday.

All Calcasieu Police Jury offices and services will be open and operating their regular schedules on Wednesday.

A community-wide boil advisory has been issued for all customers served by Beauregard Parish Waterworks District No. 6 (Junction Community). The advisory is due to a water outage due to the extreme cold and will remain in effect until rescinded by the state Department of Health.

The Town of Lake Arthur is asking residents to stop dripping water and conserve water to help maintain water levels after problems with water wells in the town. The town lost one of its two water wells overnight, but was able to restart the second well despite the water level continuing to drop.

The Jeff Davis Council on Aging will remain closed Wednesday.

There are two shelters open at 2760 Power Center Parkway in Lake Charles and at the Sulfur Community Center at 501 E. Burton in Sulfur to provide shelter for people experiencing homelessness during a weather event. The Lake Charles location will be open 24 hours a day until 8 a.m. Thursday. Three hot meals will be served daily, and showers and laundry facilities will be available.

The sulfur facility is available for use overnight. It will close daily at 7am and open in the evening at 6pm until the end of the weather event. An evening meal and breakfast will be served. The community center will be open regular hours from 9am to 2pm but no beds will be available at that time. Lunch will be served.

Freezing temperatures Friday night are expected to return into Saturday morning, setting up a warm and stormy pattern for next week, Cramer said. Temperatures may drop below freezing from midnight to 6 a.m. Saturday. There is no forecast for rain on Friday night or Saturday morning.

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