Weather beginning to change in SE Louisiana

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Posted on January 28, 2014 at 2:07 PM

Antwan Harris / Eyewitness News
Email: aharris@wwltv.com | Twitter: @antwanharris

HAMMOND, La. – The Northshore is already seeing some of the first signs of the winter weather, and residents there are also the ones who have the best chances for snow.

Antwan Harris, who is live from Hammond, reports that even thought precipitation has already begun to fall on the Northshore, that hasn’t kept the city from being prepared.

Tuesday morning, crews were on Corbin Avenue sanding the roads near a local creek that is known to ice over.

Also several National Guards trucks were spotted close by on Morrison Boulevard, staging at a facility there.

Residents were out last minute getting gas and grocery items as the storm approached and much of the area has been hammered by gusty winds as high as 15 mile-per-hour in some cases.

Local health professionals say as you prepare for the winter weather, the elderly are vulnerable to the harsh conditions. "You should never leave the elderly alone especially in severe medical conditions. Also, those with pets.

If there is an emergency it's best to call 911 as most doctors’ offices are closed," said Nick Mendez, Director of Nursing at Post Acute Medical.

State Police are patrolling the area heavily and say that about five cruisers are patrolling I-12 and even more can be seen around the city. They urge everyone to avoid driving on the roads if possible.

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