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Mar 3, 2014 8:29 PM by KATC/RELEASE

Winter Weather Advisory for Southwest and Central Louisiana

The National Weather Service in Lake Charles has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for much of Southwest and Central Louisiana along and north of Interstate 10 effective Tuesday, March 4 from 3:00 a.m. until noon. Rain and/or freezing rain combined with cold temperatures may result in ice accumulations of up to 1/10 inch.

Motorists should be on the lookout for the possibility of ice on area bridges and overpasses during the advisory period including the possibility of patchy ice. This type of weather pattern can be dangerous for motorists who are traveling along Louisiana highways as most are not accustomed to such driving conditions.

Motorists are reminded to drive responsibly and be prepared for the possibility of slippery driving conditions. The Louisiana State Police offers the following winter weather driving tips:

·Reduce speed
·Allow extra time to reach your destination
·Allow extra space between vehicles
·Do not drive using the cruise control in icy conditions
·Anticipate stops (such as stop signs and traffic signals) and brake gently while stopping
·If you encounter a skid, take your foot off accelerator and steer into the skid until you regain control
·Use low beam headlights if it is raining/sleeting
·Ensure all vehicle occupants are properly restrained

If you experience difficulties or witness hazardous situations while on the highway, you may notify the nearest State Police Troop office by dialing *LSP (*577) from your cell phone or contact your local law enforcement agency.

Citizens and visitors are also urged to enroll to receive Nixle Alerts for real time updates on roadway closures, crash locations, and pertinent safety information for their region. To enroll for this free service, visit www.nixle.com, complete the required information and select Louisiana State Police as your agency.

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