Black ice: Orange County warns residents of winter weather driving conditions

Black ice: Orange County warns residents of winter weather driving conditions

The Orange County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) has issued a winter weather advisory in effect for all of Southeast Texas and Southwest, South Central and Central Louisiana Jan. 16.

According to the advisory, up to an inch of snow could fall in the area, mainly north of the Highway 190 corridor. While lighter accumulations of snow and ice are expected further South, bridges, overpasses and elevated roads area-wide could become icy later today and early tonight.

“The precipitation should end by early this evening,” stated the advisory. “However, with the onset of temperatures well below freezing forecasted, the potential exists for black ice especially along bridges and overpasses.

“Also, a wind chill advisory and a hard freeze warning will be in effect for tonight. Wind chill readings across Central and South Central Louisiana are forecasted to drop into the single digits.”

Further West, the lowest readings could range from 10 to 15 degrees, warns OEM.  Actual low temperatures are forecasted to fall into the teens North of the I-10 corridor, and into the lower 20s further South.

“Don't forget to protect your outdoor animals, pipes and plants! If you are using a space heater to warm your home, keep it at least three feet from any furniture or other things that could catch fire from the heat. Do not leave a space heater turned on when you leave the room.”

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