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Photo Friday: Winterpocalypse Freezes Baton Rouge

January 31, 2014

by Noel Thompson, corps member proudly serving on the New Schools for Baton Rouge Entergy Louisiana Team at Broadmoor Middle School

To preface this photoblog, let me state that I was not adequately prepared to handle Snow (Ice) days in Louisiana. When I heard school was cancelled for sub-freezing temperatures, my instantaneous reaction was to spend the week in this state:

Our students got to experience 4 snow days over the course of a week in classes because of the “Storm of a Generation.”

Being from a slightly more northern state, I was used to the occasional ice-over and random snow shower. I was even prepared with an ice-scraper in my car. However, Louisiana doesn’t usually look like this.
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So we prepped for the worst. Corps members reached out to each other to make plans to bundle up and huddle for warmth in one of the common housing options in Baton Rouge. We woke up Tuesday morning to some pretty  icy conditions.

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The cumulative snowfall

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Half-inch sheets of ice covering the cars. (The lake behind later froze solid. CM Manda Wittebort went to try ice skating and hasn’t returned yet.)

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Icy Parking Lots
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All volleyball matches postponed until further notice.
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Our regal mascot Mike the Tiger was a bit out of his element.

They closed down the main interstate in town, and traffic in and out of the city was impossible. Hopefully our students enjoyed their surprise winter holiday, but now it’s time to get back to work and start prepping for the LEAP Exam.

You can go back to where you came from, Polar Vortex. Thanks for dropping down, but it’s time to feel my toes again.


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