Wintry precipitation returns to Louisiana, north sees snow, freezing rain just to the south

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NEW ORLEANS — Another round of wintry precipitation returned to north Louisiana on Thursday.

The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for areas north of Interstate 20 until noon Thursday.

The Shreveport-Bossier City area reported snow early Thursday morning, while the Monroe area received a mixture of freezing rain and sleet.

Several public school districts decided to close for the day, but a number of others were open.

The University of Louisiana at Monroe, Grambling State University and all campuses of Louisiana Delta Community College were closed. Louisiana Tech was to have classes as scheduled.

State police said bridges and overpasses would be a problem during the morning hours.

As a precaution, state highway official closed Interstate 49 inside the city of Shreveport and to the Arkansas line, and Interstate 220 is closed around north Shreveport and Bossier City.

Central Louisiana was under a winter weather advisory until noon Thursday.

Forecasters said light freezing rain was likely during the morning turning to rain by afternoon.

Gov. Bobby Jindal declared a state of emergency Wednesday night ahead of a strong arctic cold front that continued to move across the state Thursday. Temperature in some place dropped 20 degrees as the front pushed south.

Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols said state government offices would be closed Thursday in the following parishes: Avoyelles, Bienville, Bossier, Caddo, Caldwell, Catahoula, Claiborne, East Carroll, Franklin, Grant, Jackson, LaSalle, Lincoln, Madison, Morehouse, Ouachita, Rapides, Richland, Tensas, Union, Vernon, Webster and West Carroll.

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