A Hazardous Weather Outlook was issued for portions of north central Louisiana and northwest
Louisiana, which includes Natchitoches Parish. The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development announces that personnel are prepared for the possibility of wintry precipitation moving into the north and central regions overnight on Monday, January 28.
Monday through Saturday:
Scattered showers will develop by mid to late afternoon Monday and become more numerous during the evening as they spread southeast, near and just behind an arctic cold front that will rapidly shift southeast through the region. Temperatures will fall quickly with the frontal passage Monday night, such that the rain will transition to a brief mixture of sleet and eventually over to snow across East Texas, North Louisiana, and Southwest Arkansas before ending just prior to daybreak Tuesday. Snowfall accumulations of an inch or less are possible late Monday evening through early Tuesday morning across mainly South central Arkansas and North central Louisiana. Patchy ice development is also possible as a result from any standing water on bridges, overpasses, and roadways, as temperatures fall below freezing. Any snow or patchy ice on roadways or elevated surfaces will melt by late morning Tuesday once temperatures climb back above freezing.
DOTD encourages motorists to use extra caution while driving during hazardous weather conditions, especially on bridges and overpasses, and to avoid driving if possible during a winter weather event.
District personnel will continue to monitor the forecast and make appropriate decisions to ensure the safety of the traveling public.
During winter weather conditions, motorists should adhere to the following driving safety tips:
• Drive slowly and carefully.
• Avoid driving while distracted.
• Always allow for extra driving time.
• Reduce speeds when visibility is low.
• Make sure there is plenty of room between vehicles.
• Be on the lookout for DOTD crews and their equipment.
• Remember that it’s unlawful and unsafe to drive around a road closed barricade for any reason.