Snow, ice and freezing temps create heated drivers

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A snow and ice mixture on people's cars, water turning into icicles and people pulling over to wipe down their windshields are just some of the problems drivers faced Friday.

"It's pretty slick," said one driver. "Actually this morning, I was going to UPS. That's where I work and I almost hydroplaned."

"I left my house at 8 a.m.," said another driver.

Nearly three hours later, that driver from Walker had still not made it to his final stop of Siegen Lane in Baton Rouge.

"They actually had the Denham Springs exit blocked off and they weren't letting people off the interstates either, so we sat there for over an hour," added the Walker driver.

Like him, many sat in a parking lot on I-12 West heading into Baton Rouge. Meanwhile, officers had to divert traffic off at O'Neal Lane leading to a never-ending line of cars and 18-wheelers exiting the interstate with officers putting up cones to direct Livingston parish drivers to Florida Boulevard.

"Then we got in traffic," said Mr. McCloud. "We stayed in one place an hour."

The McClouds left their home in Pascagoula, MS, at 6 a.m. for a drive that usually takes about seven hours. However, six hours later, they were just getting into Baton Rouge.

"We didn't think it was going to be this bad," McCloud added.

Those are words echoed by city workers. Baton Rouge Public Works crews were out early Friday morning to load trucks with sand, secure those loads and head out to roads and bridges, like the Central Overpass.

The purpose of the sand is "to keep it from sliding and to disintegrate and help the ice melt down," said Roosevelt Mitchell with the Department of Public Works.

To keep tabs on the icy conditions, deputies with the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office drove over the bridges and reported back if and when they were safe to open again.

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