Minden Press-Herald

Tuesday
Sep 30th

Winter weather blows in

DSC_0012Residents awakened Tuesday to icy bridges, a weather advisory and road closures.

And, according to the National Weather Service in Shreveport, Old Man Winter is just getting started.

"Concerns exist that potential instability across our area may be realized causing localized bursts of heavier precipitation intensity which would also increase the accumulation potential," a spokesperson said. "This will need to be monitored closely."

He continued to say that given the current movement of the snow/sleet bands to the northeast, NWS has expanded the winter weather advisory to cover the remainder of the area just north of Minden.

"Light freezing rain and some icing has already been reported across east Texas and northwest Louisiana between interstates 20 and 49," he said earlier today.

Chances of freezing rain and sleet were primarily before noon today, and by 8:30 a.m., several wrecks had been reported on Interstate 20 between Gibsland and Haughton.

Little or no snow accumulation is expected; however the temperature is expected to dive to 27 degrees overnight.

With the possibility of snow, rain and sleet reaching north Louisiana, the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) said department staff is prepared to deal with winter weather and icy road conditions.

"DOTD emergency personnel continually monitor weather forecasts and are prepared to mobilize crews as needed in the event the state is threatened by severe weather conditions," said DOTD spokesperson Susan Stafford. "In addition, DOTD crews have checked supply inventories and are prepared to apply sand and salt over any affected bridges and roadways, to remove fallen trees from the roadway, and to close any roads as needed.

For commuters, Stafford said message boards along I-20, I-220 and I-49 are being utilized to keep motorists advised of changing weather and road conditions; however, earlier today those roads were being closed..

The National Weather Service said that as the week progresses, the chance of winter precipitation continues.

Wednesday, there is a 20 percent chance of showers after noon, and Thursday there is a slight chance of snow and sleet before 9 a.m.

 

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