Lafayette City-Parish President Joey Durel has declared a
state of the emergency for all of Lafayette Parish due to the approaching
winter storm. The National Weather Services in Lake Charles has issued a Winter
Storm Warning for snow, sleet, and freezing rain which is in effect from 6 a.m.
Tuesday to 6 a.m. Wednesday.
Snow accumulations between 2 and 3 inches with locally
higher amounts are expected north of the Interstate 10 Corridor with amounts
between 1 and 2 inches forecast along and south of this corridor.
Ice accumulations around a quarter-inch are forecast along
and south of the Interstate 10 Corridor with locally higher amounts
possible. North of this corridor lesser accumulations are expected.
Any ice accumulation will create hazardous driving conditions.
Accumulations will be most pronounced on bridges and overpasses. Extreme
caution is urged if travel is necessary during the warning period.
Based on information from the National Weather Service and
the uncertainty of conditions over the next 24 hours, Lafayette Consolidated
Government offices will be closed tomorrow. Prolonged periods of frozen
precipitation could cause additional problems including power outages as well
as downed tree limbs in roadways.
Residents are encouraged to plan ahead and once conditions
worsen are encouraged to stay off the roads when possible.
“We are encouraging people to stay home, especially on
Tuesday, and pay attention to media outlets. We don’t want you to put
yourselves or your family at risk. In addition, we don’t want to put our
emergency personnel in harm’s way,” said City-Parish President Joey Durel.