Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has declared a statewide emergency because of the winter storms heading into the state. He's asking people to stay home.

Jindal said Monday that crews will work to keep major highways open for those who absolutely must travel.

Entergy says parts of the state could be without power for three to five days as arctic air brings one to three inches of snow and up to half an inch of freezing rain.

Dennis Dawsey, vice president of customer service for Entergy's Louisiana utilities, says the company is staging more than 2,100 workers around south Louisiana to be ready to fix lines.

Jindal says 45 school systems from Rapides Parish south will be closed Tuesday.

State offices will be closed in 44 parishes.

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