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Officials prepare for winter weather

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NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) -

The potential of wintry weather has city leaders getting their plans ready to make sure everyone stays safe. 

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Officials say the time to prepare for potential snow is now.

Transportation and emergency preparedness officials are working to make sure they're ready to keep drivers safe.

Representatives from St. Tammany's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness said cities, schools, emergency personnel and even businesses have already been notified.

The Public Works Department is also on standby, and are ready to lay down sand on the roads if the roads start to get slick.

Officials with the New Orleans Causeway Commission said they anticipate the worst of the weather to be on the north shore, but they're still making preparations for snow.

"Our goal is to keep the bridge open and safe for everybody all the time," said Carlton Dufrechou with The New Orleans Causeway Commission. "If we close it, it would only be for a matter of safety." 

Dufrechou also said the causeway is prepared with extra staff, and they urge drivers to be aware of their surrounding and leave extra time for their commute. 

If conditions get really bad, officials said the fewer people on the road, the safer it will be for other drivers and emergency crews.

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