It's time to bundle up in the New Orleans area, and expect to see some snowflakes.
A winter weather advisory will go into effect for the north shore beginning at 9 p.m. Thursday evening and lasting through noon Friday, according to the National Weather Service. The south shore is also expected to see some snow on Friday, although no accumulation is expected.
Cold rain is expected to transition to a mix of sleet and snow overnight, the NWS said, likely impacting the morning commute. Some light accumulation on elevated surfaces and grassy areas may occur, but is expected to melt quickly once the precipitation abates.
Temperatures are expected to remain in the mid to upper 30s.
Some schools in the New Orleans area, which could see some wintry precipitation, have announced they're closing Friday.
The winter weather advisory includes Pointe Coupee, West Feliciana, East Feliciana, St. Helena, St. Tammany, Iberville, West Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge, Ascension, Livingston and Tangipahoa parishes.
Southeast Louisiana hasn't experienced snow accumulation since Feb. 10, 2012, when about 1 inch fell in the Baton Rouge area. New Orleans last received measurable snowfall almost 10 years ago on Dec. 11, 2008. In 2004 the city received half an inch on Christmas Day.
An even stronger cold front is expected to move through the area Friday evening bringing a possible hard freeze to the northern tier of the area while the majority of the remaining areas will have freezing temperatures Friday and Saturday nights. Wind chill temperatures are expected to fall to the low to mid 20s for some areas.
Portions of northern Louisiana, including Baton Rouge, are expected to see as much as 1-2 inches of accumulation in certain areas, according to the National Weather Service.