Weather roundup …

    • About 3 million homes and businesses in Louisiana, Texas and Mississippi remain without power early this morning and forecasters say freezing rain and more snow is possible today. At least 20 people have died as a result of the recent winter weather.  Read the full update from the Associated Press. 

    • The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development continues to strongly urge motorists to avoid any unnecessary travel as road conditions remain hazardous across much of the state. 

    • Hotels that are typically filled for Mardi Gras this week have been booked up by families looking to stay warm as power outages continue in south Louisiana, WBRZ-TV reports

    • Churches in the Baton Rouge area are offering several options for people to receive the ritual of ashes today as the area experiences its third day of freezing temperatures. Virtual, drive-thru, and in-person services for Ash Wednesday are available. Bishop Michael Duca says due to the coronavirus pandemic, parishes in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge will sprinkle ashes on the foreheads of parishioners instead of smudging them. See a list of in-person services from WAFB-TV.