Drivers urged to prepare for winter weather

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State officials and emergency crews from both Monroe and West Monroe are hoping drivers properly prepare for Tuesday’s wintry weather.

Monroe Police warned drivers of potentially hazardous road conditions as the conditions brings slick roadways, and difficult visibility,.

Reggie Brown, with MPD told NBC 10 News, salt will be in use should roads freeze over. “We have sand trucks who will be able to cover those elevated paths to try to prevent ice from sticking, but we also have the barricades there when they do start to stick,” said Brown.

Together, in partnership with the Louisiana Department of Transportation, officials are urging drivers to plan ahead, drive slower than normal and avoid all bridges if possible.

In addition to warm clothes and food, Herman Johnson, with Lowe’s in Monroe says drivers should make sure their car is equipped with:

  • Jumper cables
  • An ice scraper
  • And a flashlight

“Just keep a change of socks or an extra coat besides a thermal blanket,and just try to stay clam and warm,” said Johnson.

Drivers should also double check tires to make sure they are of good quality to handle the winter weather mix.

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