The winter storm that began as an unremarkable band of hard sleet turned into quite a storm, dumping freezing rain and sleet across Caddo Parish throughout Tuesday afternoon and well into the wee Wednesday morning hours. Caddo Parish saw on average ⅓ inch of freezing rain with sleet totalling over one inch in some locations. Power outages have occurred across northeast Texas, southern Arkansas and northern Louisiana. According to KSLA, around 10,000 customers were without power this morning, and SWEPCO outage maps show approximately half of those with returned power as of this writing. Bossier Parish encountered significantly fewer outages with just under 400 customers currently in the dark.
Unfortunately, the hazards caused by this system aren’t quite over. As cloud cover clears tonight and temperatures dip once again into the 20s, areas of fog are likely to develop across the area, and dense fog will likely cause black ice on bridges and overpasses. The National Weather Service has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook that extends through tonight.
After tonight, temperatures will begin to rise and should reach the mid 60s by the weekend. Next week will likely introduce an additional warming trend with the possibility for another system by the week’s end.