State offices closed in 18 parishes Thursday due to weather _lowres

Associated Press photo by The News-Star/Dacia Idom -- Entergy crews work Wednesday to replace utility poles that were damaged by an accident on Jackson Street in Monroe.

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.