Traffic officials prepare for freezing temperatures
BATON ROUGE - The state Department of Transportation and Development announced today they were prepared to deal with any traffic issues which crop up due to forecast wintry weather in the next 24 hours.
Southern Louisiana and Mississippi are forecast to see freezing temperatures tonight, with the possibilities of snow flurries in some of that area. Many roads around the greater Baton Rouge region are still wet from recent rainfall, and could freeze if temperatures drop before they get a chance to dry out.
DOTD said many of their crews are fixing potholes caused by recent flooding, but are ready to deal with snow and ice if necessary, and clear any trees downed by the weather. They've also checked sand and salt inventories to make sure they have enough to cover bridges and roads affected by ice.
DOTD and State Police will monitor road conditions throughout the night to see if any need to be closed. They also urged drivers to use extra caution if they had to be on the roads in bad weather, or avoid traveling if possible.
Drivers can get the latest traffic and road conditions by dialing 511 and saying the route or region about which they are seeking information. They can also visit the 511 Traveler Information Website for updates.
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