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City preparing for more winter weather


NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - It was weather this area hadn't seen in years, freezing rain that turned to dangerous ice on roadways.

The cold front that moved through late last week shut down roads and bridges across the state.

Others, like the Green Bridge in New Orleans, had to be closed after a series of crashes caused by ice.

New Orleans leaders plan to meet Monday to go over last week's response and prepare for what could be coming in the next couple days.

The National Weather Service on Sunday afternoon issued a winter storm watch for southeast Louisiana and southern Mississippi.

More winter weather is possible Tuesday afternoon through Wednesday morning.

Colonel Jerry Sneed, the Deputy Mayor for Public Safety, says city leaders are watching the forecast.

"Working with DOTD, the Department of Public Works, Sewerage & Water Board, who were all working very, very hard Friday," he says. "We'll all get together to discuss how maybe we can front load things and maybe, maybe stop it before it happens this next time."

Sneed says it's not practical to buy de-icing equipment like many northern cities have because this type of weather is so rare.

He says the last time ice shut down so many roads was Christmas of 2004.

Before last week's snow and ice, Department of Transportation and Development officials said they checked supply inventories and were ready to apply de-icing materials on affected bridges and roadways.

Colonel Sneed says drivers also need to be prepared.

"If you don't have to be on the road, don't get on the road," he says. See if there's not alternate methods in which to move around, alternate routes to take."

It's advice many drivers may be following over the next few days.

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