SW La. braces for hard freeze

January 7, 2010 at 10:13 pm Leave a comment

Use caution on roadways; area schools put on notice
BY VANESSA C. DEGGINS

As temperatures drop across the state, Department of Transportation and Development officials say they will monitor roadways for ice and fallen trees and branches.

Maintenance crews are on standby to apply salt or sand to bridges or roads affected by any snow, rain or sleet. A DOTD news release says some road closures may take place.

Officials advise motorists to use caution in extreme weather — drive slowly, avoid distractions, allow extra driving time and make sure there is plenty of room between vehicles.

DOTD provides real-time traffic and road condition information online at http://www.511la.org.

Officials with the Calcasieu Parish school system have been in touch with the Office of Emergency Preparedness, along with the DOTD, local police and the National Weather Service, said Charlene Chiasson, school system spokeswoman.

“Superintendent (Wayne) Savoy met with all of these officials today,” Chiasson said. “He is maintaining constant contact and following their recommendations on whether or not to close schools.”

Late Wednesday, the National Weather Service recorded 47 degrees, and the forecast has the temperature going downhill from there.

Light rain should end in the afternoon and be followed by an evening temperature in the mid-20s.

Friday will be sunny and cold, with a high in the mid-30s and a low in the teens. Overnight temperatures during the weekend are expected to remain in the teens.

The wind chill along the Intestate 10 corridor could reach 10 degrees, forecasters said.

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