Advisory: Kenner

KENNER, LA (WVUE) - One more frigid night is in the forecast for Kenner and the metropolitan area.  High temperatures in the mid 30s are expected to drop below to freezing again by about 9 p.m. and remain at or below freezing until about 8 or 9 a.m. Thursday. A Hard Freeze Warning issued by the National Weather Service is in effect for Kenner and most areas of the south shore until 9 a.m.

Of particular concern is ice that has melted during the day could refreeze overnight, particularly on bridges and elevated roadways, weather forecasters warned.  Ice that refreezes on roads is difficult to detect, particularly at night and over asphalt. This ice, often referred to as black ice, may look like an area of water, if it is visible at all.

"We were fortunate not to get enough freezing rain to take down power lines and really cause serious problems," Mayor Michael Yenni said. "However, the roads will still be dangerous overnight and early Thursday. Leave for work a few minutes early and drive carefully."

All Kenner government offices will reopen on Thursday after being closed Tuesday and Wednesday.

Portions of Interstate 10, including many exit ramps and eastbound on ramps, are being opened throughout the New Orleans metro area late Wednesday afternoon.  In our area, westbound traffic on I-10 is being diverted to I-310 South as the Bonnet Carre spillway remains closed at this time.  

DOTD is advising that all lanes are open on LA 3139, the Earhart Expressway, in both directions from Dickory Avenue to the Jefferson/Orleans parish line.

Motorists can access the latest updates on real-time traffic and road conditions using the 511 Traveler Information System by dialing 511 from their telephone and saying the route or region on which they are seeking information. Out-of-state travelers can call 1-888-ROAD-511 (1-888-762-3511). Travelers can also access this information by visiting the 511 Traveler Information web site . 

Residents should play close attention to local news and radio stations for any updates. Information regarding weather conditions can also be found on the city's web site, Kenner Facebook page and Kenner's Twitter handle @CityofKenner.

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The Kenner Department of Public Works and the Kenner Police Department are working to deploy barricades and sand to the following bridges, which are iced over at this time:


·         Crestview at Veterans Blvd.

·         Crestview at 26th Street

·         Vintage at the Duncan Canal

·         32nd Street near the entrance to the Esplanade Mall

·         West Esplanade at the Duncan Canal

·         Vintage at Power Blvd.

·         Joe Yenni at the Duncan Canal

·         East Loyola at Joe Yenni

·         West Loyola at Joe Yenni

Lit barricades and sand are being disbursed to each site, but these tools do not ensure the safety of motorists.  The bridges listed above are being assessed, however any bridge over a body of water will ice in the type of weather conditions we are experiencing at this time and should be avoided if possible.


Residents are urged to stay off of roadways until the conclusion of this winter storm event, and if driving is unavoidable, motorists should exercise extreme caution.