NewsWinter Weather Tips


Louisiana State Police warn of driving conditions ahead of winter weather

DOTD provides helpful tips to stay safe
Winter driving conditions
Posted at 12:06 PM, Feb 11, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-12 16:18:16-05

Louisiana State Police is urging motorists to stay informed with the latest weather and travel conditions as winter weather is expected in the coming days.

They say that freezing rain and sleet can cause bridges and overpasses to ice quickly, as temperatures near the freezing point. If conditions deteriorate, motorists are encouraged to refrain from driving until conditions improve.

If ice accumulates on bridges and/or overpasses, LSP will work closely with the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development and our local law enforcement partners to take appropriate measures.

Roadway closures are possible and expected across the state. For road closure information, motorists can utilize the 511 phone system,, or Louisiana 511 smartphone application.

Throughout the weather event, Troopers will be actively patrolling to monitor roadway conditions and assist stranded motorists. LSP offers the following winter weather driving tips:

  • Avoid unnecessary travel
  • Reduce speed and allow extra time to reach your destination
  • Increase your following distance behind other 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 of the accelerator and steer into the skid until you regain control
  • Use low beam headlights if it is raining or 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 by dialing *LSP (*577) from your cell phone. Continue to monitor LSP’s social media accounts (Facebook and Twitter) for the latest information regarding current traffic advisories, roadways conditions, and other significant information.

DOTD is preparing to respond in the event of adverse weather.

DOTD says they will have crews out scouting the roadways and bridges and will be prepared to respond, if necessary.

"We encourage people to stay off roads if possible when conditions deteriorate."

DOTD staff is preparing to respond in the event of adverse weather. Forecasts call for freezing temperatures with the...

Posted by Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) on Thursday, February 11, 2021

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