Louisiana State Police Warns of Possible Black Ice Again in Parts of the State

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Louisiana State Police Warns of Possible Black Ice Again in Parts of the State

Published February 19, 2021
 
With the rise of temperatures above freezing and the work of LADOTD, travel conditions have improved. However, there is still the potential for black ice again tonight as much of Louisiana will see freezing temperatures later this evening and into tonight.
 
From the Louisiana State Police – With the rise of temperatures above freezing and the work of the Louisiana Department of Transportation, our travel conditions have improved. However, much of Louisiana will see the potential of a deep freeze again later this evening and into tonight. The drop in temperature will lead to the potential of “black ice” forming on our highways. Black ice is hard to detect as the ice tends to blend in on the roadway surface. All parts of the roadway are subject to forming black ice; however, it is most commonly found on bridges, overpasses, and roadways beneath overpasses.
 
Troopers will be actively patrolling to assist stranded motorists and monitor roadway conditions; however, LSP offers the following driving tips if motorists encounter black ice:
 
  • Remain calm and avoid overreacting.
  • Allow your vehicle to pass over the ice without applying brakes.
  • Keep your steering wheel straight. Turing the wheel increases the chances of sliding and losing control of the vehicle.
  • If you enter a skid, take your foot off the accelerator and gently turn your steering wheel in the direction of the skid.
 
If you must be on the roads, please remember to wear your seat belt, give extra space between your vehicle and other vehicles, and reduce speeds. If motorists should become stranded, they may utilize the *LSP (*577) system from a cell phone to contact the nearest LSP Troop to request help.

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