Tangipahoa Parish officials have called for a curfew Friday night, beginning at 10 p.m. and lasting until 6 a.m. Saturday.
A hard freeze warning is in effect north of the lake and people are reminded to protect pipes, plants, pets and people. About 31,000 customers were said to be without power as of 4 p.m. with the heavy snow weighing down and snapping some tree limbs and power lines.
Eyewitness News has been told that most customers should have power back Friday evening.
The prospect of slushy snow hardening and black ice conditions could make traveling on the roads a hazardous proposition. Up to eight inches of snow came down in some places and while most of the images shown on social media and TV were of delighted people playing in the snow and building snowmen, there were some hazards.
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State Police spokesman Dustin Dwight said that 72 crashes had been registered on the Northshore – St. Tammany, Tangipahoa and Washington Parishes – alone on Friday, three times the normal number you would see on a normal Friday. And, that’s with schools closed.
Parish President Robby Miller said he hopes that people will heed the curfew and stay inside.
“Any place where the road is wet, even if it’s not a bridge, as soon as the temperature gets below freezing, it’s going to get frozen,” he said. “So, if you have to get out, please be very, very careful and drive slowly.”
A warming shelter has opened at 114 N Laurel St. in Amite. Temperatures are expected to drop below freezing in the parish and there are still some homes in the area without power as a result of snowy weather today.