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Ice begins to accumulate on roadways in North Louisiana

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Posted at 10:34 AM, Feb 14, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-14 12:10:55-05

Roadways in North Louisiana have already begun to freeze as winter weather moves into the state. Some roadways have already closed.

On Sunday morning, State Police Troop F shared photos of ice accumulating on Interstate 20 east of Monroe.

Troopers shared that a portion of both the east and westbound lanes had significant accumulations and had already caused several crashes between Millhaven and Rayville.

In one incident, a state police unit was side-swiped by a vehicle that slid off the roadway.

Troopers are reminding drivers to slow down if traveling and be aware of hazardous road conditions.

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development is also advising motorists that urban I-49 in Shreveport, Caddo Parish is CLOSED due to winter weather conditions. The closure affects both lanes of travel.

DOTD says they will advise when the road has been re-opened. This closure includes the northbound lanes of I-49 between LA 526 and I-20, as well as the southbound lanes from I-20 to LA 3132. Access will remain open from LA 3132 eastbound to I-49 southbound. The connector ramp from LA 3132 westbound to I-49 southbound will be closed.

According to DOTD, the following closures will begin Sunday, Feb. 14 at 11:00 AM:

  • Close all entry and exit ramps onto I-49 between Exit 80 and Exit 94
  • Close I-49 at Exit 80 and Exit 94. Detour via LA 1, US 71 (MacArthur Drive), and US 71/167
  • One lane Purple Heart Bridge
  • One lane Curtis Coleman Bridge

The closures are expected to be completed by 1:00 pm on Sunday.

To see more road closures from LaDOTD, click here.

There have been no reports of frozen roadways in Acadiana, but rain has continued to fall across portions of the area.

Freezing conditions are expected on Sunday and into Monday for the state.

To see the latest forecast from the KATC Weather Team, click here.

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