Wintry storm still impacting roads, bridges in Lincoln County

Published 10:29 pm Friday, December 8, 2017

Friday’s winter storm will continue to impact roads and bridges today. Runoff from melting snow will likely freeze and roads and bridges could remain icy until temperatures warm today. Black ice will be more common on bridges, overpasses and less traveled roads.

The storm brought at least 6 inches of snow to Lincoln County and surrounding areas.

All roadways remain open in Southwest Mississippi, but roads were wet Friday night, MDOT reported. Motorists are advised to use extreme caution when traveling roads, especially less traveled roadways that have not dried out.

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MDOT crews were focused on clearing roads and bridges of excess snow before sunset Friday using motor graders and track hoes. As temperatures dropped, crews placed salt and slag on roads and bridges that accumulated slushy conditions.

Mississippi Highway Patrol Troop M worked several wrecks on area roadways. As of Friday afternoon, more than 20 incidents and nine wrecks were reported.

A driver on Macedonia Road in Lincoln County was treated for what appeared to be minor injuries Friday at about 5 p.m. after the vehicle hit a ditch embankment.

South Mississippi experienced icing of bridges along I-10. MDOT is anticipating extreme icing into this morning. Roadways could become very dangerous for drivers and impassable as weather conditions decline. Commercial motor vehicles are encouraged to seek an alternate route until road conditions improve and temperatures rise above freezing.

MDOT advised safe driving techniques 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.