Covering Louisiana

Jan 29, 2014 9:20 AM by AP

State offices stay closed in at least 48 parishes

State police and power companies hope Day 2 of Louisiana's third arctic front continues like Day 1, with relatively few wrecks and power failures.
With schools, state offices and businesses closed across the state, state police say people generally seemed to follow advice to stay off the road.
Sgt. Nicholas Manale says there was much less traffic and far fewer wrecks than last Friday, when two people died on icy roads.
Power companies were thankful that snow and sleet fell across most of the state, rather than freezing rain.
The largest outage was brief. Entergy Corp. spokeswoman Charlotte Cavell says high winds blew two power lines into each other, knocking out power to about 8,000 customers in New Orleans and St. Bernard Parish. A crew fixed it within five minutes.

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