Audubon Bridge reopened, all roads now open
BATON ROUGE - Despite overnight temperate lows below freezing and wet roadways, authorities only had to close one highway system overnight.
Saturday morning, drivers were able to use all roads in the Baton Rouge area except the Audubon Bridge over the Mississippi River between Pointe Coupee and West Feliciana Parish. The bridge, the newest over the river, closed Friday at 5 p.m. Authorities had warned roads that closed because of icing would not open again until the roads thawed. Thawing will likely occur as the sun rises later Saturday morning and melts any ice.
Officials reopened the bridge at 1:40 p.m. Saturday afternoon. It is expected to stay open, despite low temperatures, due to low precipitation.
In and around Baton Rouge, Livingston, Ascension and the Westside Saturday morning, authorities reported open highways.
Temperatures Saturday won't get any warmer than just about 40 degrees. Baton Rouge is forecast to only leave the freezing temperature mark for a few hours Saturday - between lunch and sunset.
Dangerous driving conditions were warned for Friday night and Saturday morning because water from day-long rain Friday was not able to evaporate before the temperatures plunged to below freezing Friday afternoon. No rain is expected Saturday or Sunday.
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