Preparations made for colder weather
BATON ROUGE - State officials took several steps Thursday to prepare for a deep chill forecast to hit the state over the next 24 hours.
The Department of Transportation and Development said crews are on standby to deal with any issues caused by snow, freezing rain or sleet in the state. A spokesperson said they were fully stocked and prepared to de-ice bridges and remove downed trees from roadways if necessary.
Traffic officials asked drivers to plan for their Friday commutes to take a little longer and take extra precautions should wintry conditions hit the highways. Drivers can get current road conditions by calling 511, or 1-888-ROAD-511 (1-888-762-3511) if they are out-of-state travellers.
Governor Bobby Jindal also signed an emergency order Thursday to keep propane and heating fuel deliveries going through the freezing temperatures. Jindal said the state's emergency action team is also active and watching the forecast.
People can download an Emergency Preparedness Guide by visiting the state's Get A Game Plan website, or download a free Get a Game Plan app.
You can also get the latest weather conditions by visiting the Weather section of WBRZ.com.