This winter blast has even affected the weather in southern Louisiana, causing four school closures in New Orleans due to heating system failures and the weather today (Jan. 7).
The schools affected by heating system failures are Lycée Français' pre-kindergarten campus on South Claiborne Avenue, Eleanor McMain High School in Uptown, and McDonogh 32 in Algiers.
Repairs are reported to be taking place today and all three schools expect to reopen on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014. Elenor McMain High School started repairing the heating system yesterday, but did not complete the repairs in time to reopen the school today.
Ella Dolhonde Elementary is also closed today due to the weather.
The weather in southern Louisiana and the greater New Orleans area is experiencing some of the lowest temperatures in decades, also with most of the United States.
Today's weather calls for a high of 39 degrees in the New Orleans area and will be dipping back down into the mid-twenties overnight. The low is expected to be 26 degrees.
Take precautions with pets outdoors and bring them inside. Outside faucets should be wrapped and once again, leave the faucets dripping to prevent pipes from freezing.