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Wintry weather - What to expect

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Posted: Jan 27, 2014 3:50 PM
Updated: Jan 27, 2014 3:50 PM
Source: WBRZ

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BATON ROUGE - Freezing temperatures and a mix of snow, sleet or ice are forecast to impact southern Louisiana starting early Tuesday morning, with the effects lingering through Thursday.

The WBRZ News 2 weather center forecasts that the main part of the winter storm will hit in the morning hours, possibly between 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. Tuesday. It will likely include a variety of wintry precipitation, as well as some rain, which will be heaviest in the afternoon.

The storm itself should wrap up around midnight Wednesday, but some very light snow could continue into early Wednesday.

The main consequence from the storm will be ice, which will likely force some bridges and roads to close as it did last week. Power outages could be possible as ice accumulates on utility lines and tree branches, weighing them down and causing weak portions to break or be blown down.

The very cold temperatures could also cause the ice to linger into Thursday morning. With a high near 40 degrees forecast for Wednesday, any accumulated ice would melt briefly before the temperatures dropped back below freezing overnight into Thursday.

Keep an eye on WBRZ's Facebook and Twitter updates for the latest information on road and bridge closures, school cancellations, and other updates as the winter storm progresses.

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