February 19

A Snowpocalypse in Shreveport

The Allendale neighborhood blanketed in snow. Photo by Margaret Bulger.

by Catherine Bulger with reporting by Chris Meehan

Brothers and sisters in Shreveport are riding out epic winter weather and a calamitous cold snap. Starting on Sunday night, two separate systems rolled through the area, bringing snow, freezing rain and plummeting temperatures. On Tuesday, the thermostat dropped to one degree Fahrenheit, the coldest recorded temperature in the city since 1930.

The city has issued a boil advisory for all drinking water. City water mains are broken and many pipes throughout the city are cracked or frozen. Water pressure is very low. Traffic on the highways is at a standstill, and all flights out of the airport were canceled earlier this week. The unplowed streets are blanketed with layers of snow and ice, and most businesses are shuttered. 

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