After nine days of fighting ice and snow, warmer temperatures and sunshine are near. However, the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) urges motorists to avoid travel overnight as roadways are expected to refreeze throughout much of north and central Mississippi.
Ice and snow fighting operations were aided by abundant sunshine today and made significant progress moving moisture off roadways. At least one travel lane is clear in each direction on major interstate and four-lane routes statewide. Crews continue to fight ice and snow on lower volume four-lane and two-lane routes.
Tonight, any remaining moisture will refreeze on roadways. Motorists are encouraged to limit travel if possible. Motorists who must travel should drive carefully and be prepared for unexpected delays by carrying an emergency supply kit of food, water, flash lights and blankets.
During winter weather conditions, MDOT offers these safe driving tips:
- Remember, ice will form on bridges and overpasses quicker than the road.
- Slow down; should winter weather conditions become present, black ice can form.
- Allow more space between the vehicles around you.
- Brake early and gently to avoid skidding, and never slam on the brakes.
- Avoid distractions, such as talking or texting on a cell phone.
- Stay alert.
As temperatures rise and more vehicles get on the highway this weekend, be aware of ice falling from underneath and the top of vehicles. If your vehicle has ice on top, efforts should be made to remove it before traveling. Falling ice can become airborne and damage other vehicles.
For more information and tips on how to prepare for winter weather conditions, visit www.GoMDOT.com/winter.
For real-time road conditions on Mississippi’s highways and bridges, visit www.MDOTtraffic.com and follow @MississippiDOT on Facebook and Twitter.
MDOT news release