UPDATE: Weather could impact North Mississippi

By MDOT

JACKSON – The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) would like to alert motorists that an advancing weather system could produce snow and ice, impacting roads and bridges primarily in northern Mississippi.

The National Weather Service has issued Winter Storm Watches for 14 Mississippi counties, including: Alcorn, Benton, Coahoma, Desoto, Lafayette, Marshall, Panola, Prentiss, Quitman, Tate, Tippah, Tishomingo, Tunica, and Union.

A heavy band of precipitation is expected to push across the state Thursday night and into Friday, followed by a blast of arctic air and plunging temperatures. Heavy winds are also expected as the system moves to the east. MDOT personnel will monitor road and bridge conditions in affected areas, and alert motorists to any reported snow or ice accumulation.

MDOT offers the following safety tips for motorists:

- Drive according to current road and weather conditions.

- Keep a safe distance between you and the vehicle in front of you.
- Avoid situations where you may have to brake suddenly.
- Have tires and tire pressure checked. Tire pressure decreases in colder weather.
- Check weather and travel conditions before heading out. Log on to our website at www.MSTraffic.com for real-time traffic information.
- Wear comfortable clothing that doesn’t restrict your movement while at the wheel. Keep warm clothing for getting out of your vehicle.
- Make sure you travel with at least half a tank of gas.
- Make sure you have sufficient windshield washer fluid in the reservoir.

The Mississippi Department of Transportation urges all motorists to drive carefully, especially in winter conditions and on icy bridges.

For the most up-to-date information in your area, please visit www.MSTraffic.com and sign up for your traffic alerts. Also, visit http://www.mstraffic.com/mobile to get the latest traffic information from MSTraffic.com on your mobile device. MDOT advises the public to pull off the road to a safe location if you need to check the MSTraffic.com website while driving. MDOT’s number one concern is the safety of the traveling public.

Click here for weather forecast from National Weather Service.