BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Gov. Bobby Jindal has signed an emergency order that will allow for the uninterrupted delivery of propane and heating fuels during the cold snap forecast for Thursday and Friday.
Louisiana is a key producer and exporter of propane and heating fuel products.
The governor said he declared the state of emergency due to the extreme cold temperatures that will impact Louisiana and is currently affecting much of the country.
He added state agencies are now authorized to take appropriate actions to ensure the propane and other heating fuel products can be delivered in Louisiana and other states.
The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for much of south Louisiana starting at 6 p.m. and another hard freeze overnight.
Six parishes in the Baton Rouge area are included in the advisory. A hard freeze warning has been issued for the northern half of the WAFB viewing area, with a freeze warning for the rest. Wind chills are forecast to drop into the teens along and north of the Louisiana/Mississippi state line.
Parts of the Lafayette, Lake Charles and Alexandria areas are also included in the advisory. Officials said snow, sleet or freezing rain could make driving difficult.
The GOHSEP Crisis Action Team has been activated as it waits for the next round of freezing weather.