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Traffic Alert

MDOT warns of potential freezing/ice hazards on south Mississippi roads




The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) is warning motorists of potential roadway hazards for southern Mississippi.

In a press release on Thursday, MDOT addressed the rain and subfreezing temperatures which are headed toward south Mississippi. MDOT states that the potential for sudden flash freezes and black ice on highways is a possibility. Bridges are especially of concern.

Pre-treatment of some roadways has already begun, but due to light rain, the treatment of the roadways with salt and brine may not be effective.

“Our crews are constantly monitoring the weather and updates from the National Weather Service to ensure they are ready to respond, but our men and women can only do so much, it comes down to you the driver,” said Commissioner Tom King, Southern Transportation District. “We advise people to stay off the roadway and avoid travel during this winter storm to keep you and your family safe.”

MDOT has stated that crews will continue to monitor the roadways and be prepared to respond.

To assist the traveling public in preparing for potential winter weather conditions, MDOT offers these safe driving tips.

  • Remember, ice will form on bridges and overpasses quicker than the road.
  • Slow down. Winter weather conditions can create black ice.
  • Allow more space between your car and the vehicles around you.
  • Brake early and gently to avoid skidding. Never slam on the brakes.
  • Avoid distractions, such as talking or texting on a cell phone.


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