MDOT urges caution as snow, ice hit region

Adam Robison | Buy at photos.djournal.com Traffic moves slowly as vehicles drive east on Main Street in Tupelo early Tuesday morning.

Adam Robison | Buy at photos.djournal.com
Traffic moves slowly as vehicles drive east on Main Street in Tupelo early Tuesday morning.

Daily Journal, wire reports

Ice has been detected on several roadways and bridges in the region, and the Mississippi Department of Transportation is urging motorists to stay off the road today as winter weather makes for tricky driving conditions.

The MDOT said there is ice on roadways and bridges in several counties. In Northeast Mississippi, that includes Alcorn, Calhoun, Chickasaw, Clay, Itawamba, Lafayette, Lee, Monroe, Oktibbeha, Pontotoc, Tishomingo, Union and Webster counties.

Highways of particular concern are highways 61, 82, 49, 161, 15 and 8.

MDOT crews are monitoring the state’s interstates and highways. The public is asked to report patches of ice accumulation that could impact traffic to local law enforcement agencies.

A winter weather advisory remains in effect for parts of the Mid-South until noon Tuesday. Forecasters said the threat for heavy snow has moved east.

Adam Robison | Buy at photos.djournal.com Tupelo Public Works employees Johnny Mac, Cody McMurry and Antonio Salinas cut open salt bags as they work to reload a truck early Tuesday morning in Tupelo.

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Tupelo Public Works employees Johnny Mac, from left, Cody McMurry and Antonio Salinas cut open salt bags as they work to reload a truck early Tuesday morning in Tupelo.

Northern Mississippi saw anywhere from a half inch to an inch overnight, with some heavier amounts reported around Tippah and Alcorn Counties.

Several schools have closed due to the winter weather, including many school systems in north Mississippi.

Tuesday will be mostly cloudy with a few flurries in north Mississippi during the early part of the day and afternoon high temperatures will be in the low to mid-thirties.

There is another chance of snow or sleet in northern Mississippi for Tuesday night, with low temperatures in the low to mid-twenties.

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant declared a state of emergency Monday ahead of the winter storm.

The declaration cleared the clearing the way for state officials to move quickly to respond to problems that could be created by snow or ice.

He’s also delaying the opening of state government offices until 10 a.m. Tuesday in areas expected to be affected by a winter storm, including the Capitol complex in Jackson.

State agency directors could bring in some employees early, as needed, or keep offices closed all day Tuesday, if bad weather persists.

For information on how weather is affecting travel conditions in your area:

• sign up for travel alerts at www.MDOTtraffic.com;

• dial 1 (866) 521-6368;

• “like” MDOT on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MississippiDOT;

• follow MDOT on Twitter @MississippiDOT;

• download the MDOT Traffic app in the Google Play and Apple App stores.