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Winter Weather Hazards

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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - The area saw a round of freezing rain Monday which resulted in ice accumulations on trees, power lines, and road signs.

Luckily, the ground is warm enough to remain free of ice at this time. Ice is very heavy and only a tenth of an inch can add pounds of weight to trees and power lines and can bring them crashing down.

Entergy says that there are no problems with power lines yet and they are prepared for any situation that may come in the overnight hours. However, trees did come crashing down on Trenton Street in West Monroe. Traffic was blocked for about an hour while the tree was being cleared, and the road was reopened shortly thereafter.

Despite most roads being free of ice, elevated bridges will be subject to icing over the next day or so. We saw some slick spots Monday during periods of heavier rain that resulted in multiple car accidents.

One of the more significant accidents was on the ramp of I-20 at Highways 165, only involving one vehicle. The GMC flipped over on its side and slid down the ramp. Three people were inside the vehicle but luckily no one was injured.

You can visit the KNOE 8 Weather Facebook page for updates on the potential for another round of freezing rain headed into Tuesday.

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