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St. Landry Parish asks residents to stay off roads during winter storm

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Posted at 4:45 PM, Feb 14, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-14 18:47:51-05

Officials in St. Landry Parish are asking residents to stay off roads if possible over the next few days over concerns for winter weather.

St. Landry Parish's president, sheriff, mayors, and chiefs of Police are encouraging all residents not to drive over the next few days until the roads thaw. Driving conditions in the parish, they say, are expected to be dangerous as ice forms on the road.

The National Weather Service is predicting ice of up to one inch possible in St. Landry Parish making driving near impossible. The ice may not begin to thaw until late Tuesday or Wednesday.

Officials sya that the frozen streets will also hamper first responders as they may not be able to respond to calls if they deem the roads too dangerous to use as road conditions worsen.

They ask that if citizens need to drive, use caution and drive slowly. They remind residents to watch for black ice on the roadways, allow more stopping room, and not use cruise control.

For road closure information, monitor local media or visit 511la.org.

The City of Opelousas asks all non-essential personnel and citizens remain off the roads or delay their travel for the next couple of days due to the hazardous winter conditions and frigid temperatures that our area will be experiencing.

"There is no safe way to travel on icy roads. We are asking for your cooperation to make our jobs easier. This is so city and utility crews and first responders can handle their jobs in an efficient and safe manner."

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