City of Kenner
Kenner, LA. - A number of roads throughout the metropolitan area remained closed early Wednesday, and with temperatures only expected to briefly exceed freezing, travel is likely to remain hazardous until warmer weather finally arrives on Thursday, according to weather forecasters.
'The good news is that the storm has moved out of our area and there is no chance for any more precipitation,' Kenner Mayor Michael Yenni said. 'But I want to still urge residents to stay inside as much as possible. The ice will remain on many roads and bridges, and much of what does melt will refreeze overnight and into Thursday morning.'
Temperatures are expected to climb above freezing for only a few hours this afternoon, according to weather forecasters. Lows tonight will be in the upper 20s - and Kenner and the rest of the south shore remains under a hard freeze warning - but should quickly exceed freezing Thursday morning, with a high expected of about 50 degrees.
At 9:30 a.m., the following major road closures were reported:
- Interstate 10 throughout Jefferson Parish
- Causeway Bridge across Lake Pontchartrain
- Earhart Expressway from Dickory Street to the Orleans Parish line
- U.S. 90B the elevated West Bank expressway
Most surface roads in Kenner were in fairly good shape, according to police and city crews driving throughout the city early Wednesday. Patches of ice were reported on the outer ring road surrounding The Esplanade Mall and in the 1900 block of the Airport Access Road. Work crews were dispatched to put sand down or barricades in both areas.
The greatest chance to encounter significant patches of ice remains on elevated roadways and bridges and ramps, particularly those next to drainage canals, Yenni said.
He noted that some business owners in Kenner reported unexpectedly slick driving conditions in sections of driveways and parking lots with cracks where ice had formed. 'If you are driving today, be very careful,' Yenni said. 'The ice patches that are out there can be very difficult to detect.'
At Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, flights are expected to resume later today. For an update, go to: http://www.flymsy.com/PageDisplay.asp?p1=18260
The state Department of Transportation and Development is updating the status of major roads in all parishes throughout the state. That information is available at http://www8.dotd.la.gov/home.aspx.
Kenner's Emergency Action Team, including Yenni's staff, will remain on alert status throughout the weather event. Kenner's Office of Emergency Management continues to actively monitor the situation and coordinate with parish officials.
Residents should play close attention to local news and radio stations for update. Information regarding weather conditions can also be found on the city's website, www.kenner.la.us, the Kenner Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/officialcityofkennergovernment and Kenner's Twitter handle @CityofKenner.