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Sneaux Day 2008: Wintry conditions blow in to Louisiana

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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Old Man Winter strolled into the Bayou State and left a blanket of snow in his wake.

A real taste of winter weather blew upon the Capital area Thursday morning. Snow accumulation was reported throughout the entire area.

The rare snowfall blanketed south Louisiana Wednesday morning, with accumulations of up to four inches in some areas. Forecasters say the mix of sleet and snow is expected to diminish later in the day as the weather system generating the white stuff moves east.

It wasn't just the youngsters of south Louisiana who got to enjoy playing in the snow. Adults also took advantage of the rare occurrence to let their inner-child come bursting out. An 83-year-old woman even called in and could stop giggling over the sight of snow in Baton Rouge. It was the first significant snowfall seen in the area since 1988.

However, their was a downside to the winter delight that many were experiencing. Power outages have been reported in many areas. Also, reports have come in that large branches are falling out of trees.

The Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) is urging people to take precaution as the state experiences snow and ice conditions. Freezing rain can cause road conditions to become slick and very dangerous causing accidents. Be aware of falling tree limbs weighed down by heavy ice. Those tree limbs can block roads and tear down power lines.

As with hurricane preparedness, GOHSEP urges Louisiana residents to have ample emergency supplies such as extra food and water, flashlights and batteries and a portable weather radio.  An emergency heating source is also advised in the event power goes out. For more information, visit

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*The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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