A full day of sun and temperatures above 40 degrees finally began to send the snow and ice covering many south Louisiana roads into retreat, allowing officials to reopen many of the state’s major interstates and arteries by late afternoon.
The cold and ice that swept through southeast Louisiana Tuesday and Wednesday froze transportation networks, forcing the closure of roads, bridges, streetcar lines and the runways at Louis Armstrong International Airport.
Like much of the New Orleans area, St. Tammany Parish awoke Wednesday (Jan. 17) to find itself coated in a layer of ice, thanks to a wave of snow, sleet and freezing rain that accompanied temperatures in the teens.
It was a chaotic morning on the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway Thursday (Jan. 11) with seven separate crashes in a 46-minute period, including a vehicle that smashed into the back of a Causeway police unit, authorities said. One motorist was booked with DWI.
Foggy weather turned the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway into a virtual demolition derby Thursday morning, with seven accidents on the bridge’s southbound span within 46 minutes, including one that involved a Causeway Police Department officer who was responding to an overturned vehicle.
Police say dense fog caused a series of accidents on the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway during rush hour traffic Thursday morning.
Inclement weather Thursday morning caused issues for motorists on the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway, with at least six vehicle accidents reported.
Seven accidents shut down the southbound lanes of the Causeway Thursday morning.