TANGIPAHOA, La. -- By noon Friday, most of the early morning snowfall on the Northshore had melted away, and leaders said, major road problems never materialized.
'We made all of our preparations,' said Tangipahoa Parish Emergency Manager Dawson Primes. 'We had everybody on alert. Schools are canceled. We told people to stay home if the road conditions were bad, but we ended up getting the best of it. You get to see the pretty snow, and it didn't cause hazardous conditions, so we came out on the good end.'
With schools closed, Denny Badeaux of Ponchatoula took his three children and one of their friends on a mission. 'Take off and find snow, and sled,' Badeaux said, 'and have fun.'
The Badeauxs found their spot this morning just off the I-55 exit in Fluker, where they found a hill for sledding, and enough accumulations for snowball fights.
1 to 3 inches of snow fell around northern Tangipahoa Parish, but caused few problems. 'We had some icing on some bridges,' Primes said, 'so we had the public works department put sand on some of the parish bridges. But other than that, it hasn't been a problem at all.'
Primes also said it's good for the parish to run through their preparations, even if dangerous conditions never come.
Meanwhile, the Badeauxs said, they loved it. 'This is awesome,' Denny Badeaux said, 'We don't get this much, so this is cool.'