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Winter weather in NELA

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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - The pavement is wet, some street lights are out, and downed trees are causing a headache for some on Tuesday night into Wednesday morning.

In the winter weather, the culprit behind much of the mess is ice forming on trees and power lines.

"It's been falling all day long. I'm just glad it hasn't fallen on the house or somebody," Lakeshore Resident Jason Johnson said.

Johnson is closely watching the skies. Branches are victims to the ice. They're falling onto the streets and some are too close to home.

" I can handle it if it falls in the yard, but if it falls on the house, that's what I'm really worried about. But I hope it'll go on and get on out of here," Johnson said.

The frigid temperature along with the rain has even caused droplets to freeze on some of the road signs.

Numerous accidents are a result of the slick roads. An 18-wheeler was unable to get up all the way off the off-ramp from Interstate 20 to Highway 165. A crash under the I-20 overpass on HWY 165 brought in the tow trucks to haul those vehicles off.

For another day more schools are expected to close in hopes of keeping the kids safe. Especially for the ones who are riding school buses, for the ones who are walking, and for the ones who get rides from moms and dads.

Crews are continuing to clean up. Entergy is beefing up their efforts to restore power throughout the night. Managers say they're not expecting extended outages. For some homeowners, they're just dealing with a loss of cable television because of the downed branches.
"They're starting to fall and starting to collect. If it gets any worst or if we get any more rain, it'll probably start sticking," Thomas Kelly said.

Kelly and his crew are working on restoring cable access to this neighborhood in Swartz.

KNOE will also continue to follow school closure and open information online and on every newscast.

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