As a winter storm sweeps the south, Louisiana gets more frigid winter weather.

Schools in both Beauregard and Vernon Parishes were closed today as roads would become icy and temperatures would drop.

The precipitation has varied between freezing rain, sleet, and snow. This is no local phenomenon, as state offices in 35 parishes have closed their doors; some through today.

Low temperatures got down below 20 degrees with wind chill factors making winter’s icy grip feel even tighter.

As a safety precaution people should remain indoors and don’t go outside unless it is absolutely necessary to leave the house. Roads and bridges are likely to become icy which makes attempting to drive on them hazardous.

When trying to stay warm indoors ensure all fires are properly ventilated and that no objects are placed on or near a fire or heat source. Fires should be ventilated to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning and keeping items away from a flame or heat source prevents accidental fires that could destroy homes.

During weather like this it is important to bring pets or plants indoors. Wrap any exposed pipe, and to leave faucets dripping to prevent any damage to pipes due to the freeze.

Residents should heed all official warnings given by local government and public officials.

Forecasts and models show that while temperatures will remain low, they will raise above the frigid conditions that started yesterday morning. It is expected that by Friday the low temperatures will be back above freezing.