La. Gov. declares cold weather emergency; 200 accidents on I-10; 2 weather …

NEW ORLEANS — State police say most major roads and highways are open in Louisiana.

A blast of unusually frigid air brought snow to some parts of the state and dangerously icy conditions on roads and bridges.

Icy conditions were blamed for two deaths in separate accidents early Friday and they led to closures of major highways and bridges until well into Saturday.

The inclement weather caused schools and colleges to close on Friday and was a major headache for law enforcement.

The Alexandria area got 2-3 inches of snow Thursday night and Friday morning, according to the National Weather Service’s Lake Charles office.

That’s the most since a February 2010 snowfall that also produced 2-3 inches.

Some took advantage of the snow in central Louisiana to do some makeshift sledding. The Town Talk reports (http://townta.lk/1aW38QP) visitors to Compton’s Park used inflated tubes, cardboard sheets, laundry baskets and other items to slide down the park’s hills. There were even a few traditional sleds.

On the Pineville side of the Red River, several people were sledding on the levee.

“Who knows when she’s going to see snow again?” Dane Phillips, of the Alexandria area, said as he sledded with his 3-year-old daughter.

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