DOTD taking precautions for wintry mix
BATON ROUGE - State traffic officials said crews were ready to deal with more wintry weather moving through the state Thursday.
A light round of sleet and snow mixed with rain moved through the Baton Rouge area just before lunch, and more precipitation is on the radar for the rest of the Louisiana.
The Department of Transportation and Development said in Alexandria, the wintry conditions forced them to close the Boyce Bridge on La. 8 over the Red River for a short time around noon.
A DOTD spokesperson said inventories of de-icing materials have been checked and are ready to go out on other bridges and roads as necessary.
The National Weather Service said in a special weather statement that no accumulation is expected because the temperatures will stay above freezing, but the mix will continue to affect the area through the early afternoon.
Drivers were urged Thursday to go slow, add more time to their travel plans to deal with any possible delays, and leave plenty of room between vehicles in case of slick roadways due to ice or rain.