Gov. John Bel Edwards has declared a state of emergency across Louisiana due to winter weather conditions.
"The weather conditions are extremely dangerous, and while it may be tempting to venture outside, it is critical that everyone stay off the frozen highways and streets and heed all state and local warnings in order to be safe," Edwards said upon issuing his declaration Wednesday morning.
The declaration, which mobilizes the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness and other emergency resources, is scheduled to remain in effect through Friday as freezing temperatures have been forecast overnight.
More than 1.5 million pounds of salt has been distributed in the state and more than 1,200 employees from the Department of Transportation and Development are “working around the clock,” Edwards said.
DOTD shared a video of the salt being prepared. Can't see the video below? Click here.
Major interstates and roadways across the state have been shut down Wednesday after icy conditions overnight.
As of Wednesday afternoon, the state's www.511La.org traveler information website had garnered more than 134,600 hits. It usually gets 2,500 hit per day.
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Record cold temperatures were recorded in both Baton Rouge (14 degrees) and New Orleans (20 degrees), with Louis Armstrong International Airport cancelling all morning incoming and outgoing flights.
After cancelling morning flights to and from Louis Armstrong International due to icy conditions, runways have been re-opened, according to a release.
Thousands were also without power amid the bitter cold. For more on outages, click here.
Advocate Capitol bureau reporter Elizabeth Crisp contributed to this report.