Schools announce closures ahead of severe weather threat Wednesday

BATON ROUGE –The threat of severe weather has led to state officials closing state offices and local districts making a decision about having class on Wednesday.

Due to the timing of a possible significant weather event during rush hour and business travel, the Division of Administration has elected to close all state office buildings on Wednesday, April 10. GOHSEP would like to ask all drivers to limit driving on the roads between 8:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. If you must be on the road, please drive safely. The winds are expected to affect all large trucks.

This office closure applies to all nonessential employees, including those authorized to work from home.

School Closures for Wednesday

  • Ascension Parish schools & district offices
  • Baker Schools
  • East Baton Rouge Parish schools & district offices
  • Iberville Parish schools & district offices
  • Livingston Parish schools & district offices
  • Pointe Coupee Parish schools & district offices
  • St. James Parish schools
  • West Baton Rouge Parish schools & district offices
    • Holy Family School (WBR Parish)
  • EBR Diocesan Catholic Schools in the diocese will follow suit. Other schools will follow the lead of the civil parishes in which they are located. Students and parents are urged to check their schools’ websites and other communications platforms for the most up-to-date information. 
  • Zachary Schools
  • LSU – Due to the developing severe weather situation the LSU campus will be closed tomorrow, Wednesday, April 10. Faculty will hold all classes remotely or in an asynchronous format, and should communicate directly with their students about this change. Residence Halls will remain open and on-campus residents should follow the instructions of Residential Life staff regarding operations and meals. The LSU Dining website and LSU Dining social media will continue to be updated with information regarding meal availability. Essential employees should check with their supervisors about whether they should report to campus on Wednesday. The University Laboratory School and the LSU Early Childhood Education Laboratory Preschool will communicate directly with their parents, and the Law Center and the Vet School will communicate separately with their students and staff about their operations.

Severe weather threat

Severe weather is a near certainty Wednesday, the National Weather Service in New Orleans said.

“We are expecting damaging winds, tornadoes, and large hail. Heavy rain and localized flooding are also possible.”

The primary area of concern is I-10 north. Parts of the Baton Rouge area is under a moderate threat for severe weather with damaging winds and tornadoes the primary threat. Numerous severe storms are expected from early Wednesday morning to Wednesday afternoon.

This is a developing story. Check back often for new information.

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