Friday’s rare snowfall made Laura Thompson’s day – until her power went out.
Nearly 29,000 people were without power for almost the entire day Friday as snow and sleet hit their neighborhoods for the first time in years.
“We lost power at about 7:30 this morning,” Thompson, a St. Helena Parish resident, said. “It’s cold! We don’t have a generator so I’m going to my papa’s house.”
Jim Moss, a resident of Laranger, was also in the dark.
"I just got a call just a few minutes ago from Entergy to say it'll be Dec. 10 before we get lights back,” Moss said. “That's really bad."
Louisiana State Trooper Dustin Dwight says since 5 a.m., state police have responded to more than 70 accidents on the Northshore alone.
"All of these crashes that we investigated today, luckily no serious injuries, but every one of them is preventable,” he said.
As the night goes on and temperatures continue to drop, Dwight’s asking drivers to stay put.
"At this troop area we have over 1100 bridges just on state highways. Close to 40 on our interstates,” Dwight said. “That's why it's such a significant risk and we really want to bring awareness to it."
Tangipahoa Parish officials tell Eyewitness News that they began putting sand on the ground Thursday night, but because conditions are getting worse they changed to salt.
A curfew will be in place in the parish from 10 p.m. Friday night until 6 a.m. Saturday morning.
It was a memorable day, but most of the people we spoke with are ready for the sun to come back.
“I'll be glad when it warms back up and I could put my shorts back on,” Moss said.