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Winter Weather: St. Landry Parish

Posted at 10:05 AM, Feb 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-15 17:33:03-05

The St. Landry Parish government officials are asking people to stay off the roads.

"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 will be dangerous as ice forms on the road," a Facebook post states. "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. If citizens need to drive, please use care, drive slowly, watch for black ice on the roadways, allow more stopping room, and do not use cruise control."

Here are some road closures reported across the parish:
(Sunday 11:50 pm) - The overpass in Sunset on Hwy 182 is being closed at this time due to ice.

(Monday 1:30 AM) - I-10 is closed in both directions from LA 347 (Henderson) to LA 3000 (Ramah) due to winter weather conditions until further notice. Motorists on I-10 West are being diverted at LA 415 North to US 190 West. Motorists on I-10 East are being diverted at I-49 North to US 190 East.

(Monday 2:30AM) - Ice on I-10 Eastbound near I-49 Northbound (103) . All Lanes Closed.

SLEMCO and Cleco are reporting power outages in the parish. For updates, click here.

A shelter is open, and is in need of donations:

"St. Landry's Shelter at the Yambilee Building is in need of donated items to help keep shelter residents warm. The shelter is starting to fill up and donated blankets, coats, pillows, and gloves have all been claimed. If you care to donate something, call the EOC at 337-948-3688 and we'll arrange to have them picked up. Thank you to all who have already donated," a post on the city's Facebook page states.

Here are the parish closures we've found:
The City of Eunice will be closing departments on Monday due to extreme weather conditions expected. They will open following the Mardi Gras holiday on Wednesday February 17, 2021.

The City of Opelousas says that after considering all the elements related to the winter storm that the city will be confronting, as well as for the safety of all employees, business offices at City Hall and throughout the city will be closed on Monday, February 15. Only essential personnel in street, water and sewer departments, along with first responders (police and fire) scheduled to work, will be on duty

To see road closures across the state and in the area, click here.

To see closures across the state and in Acadiana, click here.

For winter weather tips, click here.

Early Monday, the roads were iced over in Opelousas; here's a picture posted by the City:

Here are some viewer-submitted photos from around St. Landry Parish:

Lawrence and Sandra Cormier sent these in from the Grand Coteau/Sunset area:

Benjamin Doucet sent this in from Port Barre:

Cynthia Briley sent these in from Opelousas:

More pictures from Opelousas, from Racheal Edwards:

And here is an early Monday shot from Washington, sent in by Ashton Latiolais

Here's a pretty one from Kim Matt in Opelousas: