Flood-ravaged areas in the vicinity of New Orleans will contend with heat and humidity that is common for this time of the year as recovery efforts continue this week. Despite the commonality of the heat and humidity, the conditions will add to the stress of the situation with no end in sight.
The average daytime high for New Orleans this time of the year is 90 and the average low is 75. AccuWeather RealFeel® temperatures average in the low 100s during the afternoons.
Several river gauges continue to read at moderate to major flooding levels in southeast Louisiana.
"St. Tammany Parish officials ordered a mandatory evacuation of areas south of the Pearl River diversion canal, for fear a lock on the canal will fail," said the Associated Press on Saturday.
Restoration updates from Entergy, a company that provides electricity to 2.8 million people across the region, indicated that power is back on for 52 percent of those affected since Isaac hit early last week, but nearly 380,000 remain in the dark across Louisiana.
Spotty thunderstorms will dot the area each day through late this week along with the heat and humidity. The thunderstorms will be slow-moving which can re-aggravate flooding locally.
Heavy snow is hammering portions of West Virginia, northern Virginia and Maryland, creating slippery travel conditions and cancelling more than 200 flights at Washington's Dulles International Airport.
The worst of the ice headed to the eastern U.S. will focus on the I-81 corridor from Virginia to southern Pennsylvania.
While heavy snow and ice are not expected to fall over much of the Midwest Sunday into Monday, some slippery roads and travel disruptions are likely.
Accumulating snow and an icy mix are pushing toward the Northeast to end the weekend.
As the saying goes, no two snowflakes are exactly alike. Russian photographer Alexey Kljatov's collection of high-resolution magnified flakes makes this widely-held belief more convincing.
These are additional steps you can take to prepare your home for weather-related blackouts.
Elkton, MD (1963)
Jet liner exploded near Elkton, MD killing all 81 on board. Lightning is believed to have caused the explosion of residual fuel under one of the outboard wing tanks as plane passed through a vicious thunderstorm.
LaMesa, CA (1938)
100 degrees, warmest ever in US for Dec. Downtown LA had 91.7 degrees, only 90 degree reading in December.