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Last Modified: Thursday, January 30, 2014 12:49 PM
Low dew points, higher temperatures and bits of sunshine led to the clearing of area roads and the reopening of schools in Southwest Louisiana today.
The Calcasieu Parish School Board decided to reopen after two days of closure after consulting with parish emergency and weather officials Wednesday afternoon.
Roger Erickson of the National Weather Service said Wednesday that low dew points, strong winds and clearing skies helped to dry out area roads over the course of the day.
Temperatures were forecast to drop below freezing again Wednesday night, but were expected to rise above freezing by 9 or 10 a.m. today.
Erickson said the potential problem areas would be portions of roads that still had moisture on them when temperatures reached freezing Wednesday evening.
Water in those areas may have refrozen overnight and could create slippery spots today. Bridges and elevated roads were also in danger of refreezing.
Most area roads were cleared Wednesday. The Interstate 210 bridge, which was closed about 8 a.m. Tuesday, reopened Wednesday afternoon.
Public schools will reopen this morning in Cameron, Allen, Beauregard, Vernon and Jeff Davis parishes, as will Diocese of Lake Charles schools, Episcopal Day School, and McNeese and Sowela.
The Lake Charles City Council’s agenda meeting, originally set for Tuesday, will be at 5:30 p.m. today.
State district court will reopen at 9 a.m. today, said Judge David Ritchie.