HOUSTON, Jan. 29 (Xinhua) -- A stubborn Arctic blast that hit southern America a day ago is still exerting impact on the state of Louisiana, with many schools, businesses and government offices to remain closed through Thursday.
State Governor Bobby Jindal's administration announced Wednesday that state offices in 23 parishes across Louisiana will remain closed on Thursday, as the winter storm has died off but icy roads and interstates remain treacherous for drivers.
Ice closed more 20 highways in the state Wednesday, and authorities warned residents to continue to stay off roads. Hundreds of flights in a few airports were canceled for Wednesday.
Schools in most school districts in the southern state will remain closed on Thursday. Many businesses were reportedly closed in the state's major cities of New Orleans and Baton Rouge.
Some parishes and cities have imposed curfews on Wednesday night, which will be lifted on Thursday morning.
Meteorologists said temperatures will rise in south Louisiana but not significantly and the area may see more rain showers and fog.
Frigid blast wreaks havoc in U.S. Deep South
WASHINGTON, Jan. 29 (Xinhua) -- Thousands of cars and buses were stranded in Atlanta, capital of the U.S. state of Georgia, as snow and ice brought along by a rare winter storm made roads impassable, forcing many people in the city to sleep in offices and hotels, local media reported Wednesday.
Just weeks after a system of cold air known as a polar vortex left nearly half of the country shivering, governors of the Deep South -- Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, Mississippi, Louisiana - - and North Carolina declared states of emergency this week as the cold arctic air returned. Parts of the Deep South recoiled under cold weather they rarely experience. Among them, the states of Georgia and Alabama were the hardest hit. Full story