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Driving in the Winter Weather

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LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) – In southwest Louisiana it is not everyday we hear reports of possible snow fall.

"Driving in these conditions are unusual for us, for most motorists in this area," said Trooper Stephen LaFargue with Louisiana State Police.

With cold weather on the way, snow could be in the forecast. But, with this rare treat could come iced road ways. State police and the Louisiana department of Transportation are keeping a close eye on the situation.

"We are going to monitor the bridges Friday, and through the night. The freezing usually takes place in the night time area," said Trooper LaFargue.

"We are making preparations, right now, to have crews available to monitor the situation on the bridges. We have bridge deck thermometers that we will have out," said Bobby Hennigan with the Louisiana Department of Transportation.

If it starts to get too cold, crews will take measures to try and prevent the road from freezing.

"When the temperature approaches the freezing mark we will have the crews go out and spray a chemical on the bridge, to keep it from freezing up," said Hennigan.

But, the safest thing to do if the roads do start to freeze is to stay home.

"Try to avoid going out, if at all possible. If you do have to end up going out, understand that you do need to be prepared that your steering and your breaking will be diminished, said Trooper LaFargue.

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