State offices will be closed in 18 parishes Thursday where hazardous driving conditions and scattered power outages are forecast due to a winter storm that’s dropped a mix of rain, sleet, snow and ice.

Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols says the affected areas include: Avoyelles, Bienville, Catahoula, Caldwell, Claiborne, Concordia, East Carroll, Franklin, Jackson, LaSalle, Lincoln, Madison, Morehouse, Ouachita, Rapides, Richland, Union, and West Carroll

State government employees with questions regarding office closures can call 800-360-9660 or 225-342-0498.