UPDATE: Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) crews are working to keep roads safe and passable throughout central and south Mississippi. The traveling public is advised to stay off roadways and limit travel only in case of emergency in all affected areas.
Ice has been reported on roads and bridges in the following counties: Adams, Amite, Claiborne, Clarke, Copiah, Covington, Forrest, Franklin, Hinds, Jasper, Jefferson, Jefferson Davis, Jones, Kemper, Lamar, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Leake, Lincoln, Marion, Neshoba, Newton, Pike, Perry, Rankin, Scott, Simpson, Smith, Walthall, Warren, Wayne, Wilkinson and Winston.
Areas in southeast Mississippi north of Hattiesburg are seeing significant snowfall and slush on bridges. Motorists throughout this region, including Clarke, Forrest, Jasper, Jones, Lamar and Wayne counties, are advised to avoid travel until conditions improve. MDOT crews are placing salt brine and applying rock salt in affected areas. Those that must travel are advised to take precautions when approaching bridges, be on high alert for black ice patches and yield to MDOT forces as necessary.
Crews are reporting heavy accumulation from just north of Stone County to Clark County in south Mississippi. Motorists along the Gulf Coast are advised to continue monitoring weather conditions as the temperatures drop. Rain is expected to last longer in the coastal region than other areas of the state. MDOT crews are monitoring conditions throughout this area and prepared to place product if the rain turns into sleet.
Heavy snowfall throughout southwest Mississippi is causing trees and limbs to fall. MDOT crews using motor graders and back hoes are working to clear as much slush from the roadway as possible while removing trees and other debris from affected areas. Motorists should avoid travel in each county listed above as slush continues to accumulate on bridges and overpasses.
Crews throughout central Mississippi are placing salt and slag over affected areas. Although roads in the Jackson-Metro area are open and passable, MDOT advises extreme caution to those that cannot avoid traveling.
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JACKSON, MISS. – The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) is reporting ice on roads and bridges in several counties in central and south Mississippi. MDOT crews are currently working to place salt and slag on the affected roads and bridges to make them passable.
Ice has been reported in the following counties: Adams, Amite, Claiborne, Clarke, Copiah, Covington, Forrest, Franklin, Jasper, Jefferson, Jefferson Davis, Jones, Kemper, Lamar, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Leake, Lincoln, Marion, Neshoba, Newton, Pike, Scott, Simpson, Smith, Walthall, Warren, Wayne, Wilkinson and Winston.
The public is encouraged to limit travel only in case of emergency in the affected areas. MDOT also encourages the traveling public to pay close attention to weather and travel advisories issued by the National Weather Service, Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), the Mississippi Highway Patrol and local law enforcement.
MDOT does not anticipate any road or bridge closures due to winter weather at this time; however, motorists should use extreme caution when traveling through the affected counties.
MDOT’s number one priority is the safety of the traveling public, and using safe driving techniques is one way to ensure you “survive your drive” during winter weather. MDOT offers these safe driving tips:
· buckle up for safety;
· slow down, especially when driving in winter weather conditions;
· allow more space between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you;
· brake early to allow plenty of time to stop;
· brake gently to avoid skidding and never slam on the brakes;
· turn on lights to be more visible to other motorists;
· do not use cruise control or overdrive on icy roads;
· stay alert and look farther ahead in traffic than you normally do; and
· drive safely.