Winter mix moves across Louisiana, brushes metro area

Photo: Rebecca Montgomery
Photo: Rebecca Montgomery

Some wintry weather was reported Friday morning, but nothing very impressive in terms of accumulation, according to Fox 8 meteorologist Chris Franklin.

There remains a chance for light snow or sleet mainly west and north early Friday. Mostly cloudy skies and high temperatures will remain in the thirties to near 40 degrees. Low temperatures are expected Saturday morning with another hard freeze north of Lake Pontchartrain.

The weather will get a little milder this weekend as afternoon temperatures reach the mid-fifties Saturday and low sixties Sunday and Monday.

There is a chance for showers Monday with another cold front, which looks to drop temperatures again by Monday night. Temperatures could drop into the teens on the Northshore by Wednesday morning.

Icy road conditions over parts of Louisiana were making for hazardous driving conditions Friday.
National Weather Service forecaster Kent Kuyter said a snow and icy mix continued to fall along the Interstate 10 corridor with 1-2 inches on the ground.
State police were working several major accidents Friday with at least one person killed in the Lake Charles area. Another accident on Interstate 49 northbound at La. Highway 29 in St. Landry Parish had all northbound lanes closed for several hours.
Troopers said the fatal crash was near the Interstate 10 bridge at Lake Charles. Troopers said they worked 15 minor accidents overnight in southwest Louisiana, all weather related.

Causeway Police closed the bridge over Lake Pontchartrain around 8 a.m. due to icy conditions.

The elevated portion of I-49 through Alexandria was closed and some bridges and overpasses were closed in other parts of the state.
A line of sleet and snow moved across southeast Louisiana. Classes at public schools in St. Tammany, Washington and Tangipahoa parishes were canceled. Classes at some Catholic and private schools were also canceled.
In addition, McNeese State University in Lake Charles and Southeastern Louisiana University at Hammond are closed.
Classes at all of Northwestern State University's campuses were canceled Friday. They were to resume Monday, officials said.
LSU at Alexandria was also closed Friday. KATC-TV reports the University of Louisiana at Lafayette was shutting down, but expected to resume normal operations by 12:30 p.m. Friday.
State offices were closed Friday in the following parishes: St. Tammany, Washington, Tagipahoa, Acadia, Allen, Ascension, Avoyelles, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, Jefferson Davis, Evangeline, Rapides, Vernon, Pointe Coupee, West Feliciana, West Baton Rouge, Iberville, St. Martin, St. Landry, Iberia, Lafayette, St. Mary, Vermilion, Grant, Catahoula, East Baton Rouge, Jackson, LaSalle, Livingston, Natchitoches, Red River, Sabine, St. Helena, Winn, and Concordia.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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