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MDOT cautions against travel

Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) urges motorists to avoid travel as another round of precipitation moves through north Mississippi.

This round of precipitation started as cold rain in many areas. It is turning into sleet and will become snow overnight. With temperatures dropping, roadways will freeze again tonight.

Motorists should avoid travel unless absolutely necessary.

Today, crews were plowing snow and sleet from interstates and four-lane routes. Rising temperatures allowed crews to place salt and slag along bridges and off ramps.

Overnight and into the morning, MDOT crews will be monitoring highways and placing salt and slag on in problem areas. While the salt will help lessen ice formation, roadways are expected to freeze, making travel challenging.

Motorists are encouraged to limit travel if possible. If emergency or essential travel is required, motorists should drive to the conditions and slow down. During winter weather conditions, MDOT offers these safe driving tips:

  • Slow down; ice can be hard to see, especially at night.
  • Allow more space between the vehicles around you, especially semi-trucks.
  • 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.

Motorists should also be prepared for emergencies with a supply kit of food, water, flash lights and blankets.

Several highways in north Mississippi are currently closed due to icy conditions:

Alcorn County:

MS 350 between MS 2 and MS 350

Clay County:

MS 47 between MS 50 and Brand-Una Rd

MS 46 between MS 50 and CR 100

Itawamba County:

MS 25 between US 78 / I-22 and Reese Rd

MS 25 between US 78 / I-22 and Sorgum Mill Rd

MS 23 between Alabama State Line and State Line Rd

Monroe County:

US 278 between MS 25 and Alabama State Line

Pontotoc County:

MS 15 between CR 104 / Williams Rd and MS 41

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.

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