Freezing rain in forecast for the area

The National Weather Service in Lake Charles has advised of the threat of freezing rain that is forecast to reach as far south as Jefferson County.

At 10 a.m., the NWS posted a winter advisory warning of two rounds of freezing rain.

According to the warning, the first round will occur late tonight, after midnight in central Louisiana. Less than 1/10 of an inch of ice is expected, but elevated roads and bridges will ice up and cause hazardous driving conditions late tonight into Monday.

The second round of freezing rain will occur Monday evening into Tuesday morning. The freezing rain will extend as far south as the I-10 corridor from Beaumont to Lake Charles and Lafayette, and could extend a little further south towards the coast.

Ice accumulations are forecast to be around 1/10 of an inch in east Texas and central Louisiana, and less than 1/10 of an inch along the I-10 corridor.

This will result in widespread hazardous driving conditions across the entire region Monday night into Tuesday morning.

Temperatures are currently forecast to warm up into the 40s by Tuesday afternoon, and the ice should melt by that time frame.

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