Good Tuesday morning to you! Buckle up...it's going to be a crazy day. Britney Glaser here in the KPLC 7Newsroom with a look at what's in store on a special edition of Sunrise:
*Meteorologists Ben Terry and Zack Fradella will be tag-teaming in the 7Stormcenter today letting you know ice, sleet and snow forecasts for Southwest Louisiana. We are just starting to see light precipitation, but we're set to have a lot of weather changes over the next 36 hours.
*We will have team coverage in the field with KPLC's Monica Grimaldo reporting from the foot of the I-10 Calcasieu River Bridge. She will keep us posted on bridge closures and the de-icing process.
*KPLC's Haley Rush is in downtown DeRidder this morning and says shoppers were busy overnight stocking up on food essentials. She will keep us updated on the driving conditions of U.S. 171 and have a live interview with DeRidder's police chief about the city's preparation for this weather event.
*John and I will be talking to several guests in the Sunrise studio. Dick Gremillion with the Calcasieu Parish Office of Emergency Preparedness will tell us about what's being done to keep all agencies on the same page - and the importance of residents only calling 9-1-1 if there is an emergency.
*Scott Kyle is the emergency preparedness coordinator for Region V hospitals and he will explain how hospitals are bracing for more patients in ERs.
*Sgt. James Anderson with Troop D State Police will also join us to update road conditions, traffic incidents and talk about how you should handle your car if you encounter an icy patch.
*Let us know what's happening in your community by sharing pictures on our 7News Sunrise facebook page. You just might hear your name on the air!