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Icy weather causes headaches for drivers and air travelers

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JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Dangerous traveling conditions for those taking to the roads and the skies Sunday and Monday morning.  Flights were canceled and some roads were shut down due to this winter storm. 

Red bold letters showed cancellations at the Jackson-Evers International Airport for more than half of all departing and arriving flights. 

"Many of our airlines have decided not to risk it and go ahead and leave the planes where they are so they don't ice up and they don't have safety hazards," said Operating Officer for the Jackson-Evers International Airport Bonnie Wilson.

Charlie Baucum drove in from Meridian to the airport.  He had been waiting for his daughter to arrive for four hours and there was a possibility the storm will delay her one more day.

"I'm miserable.  It's cold out there.  I have a daughter in Memphis, Tennessee," said Baucum.

Drivers were also battling the weather, battling icy overpasses and bridges.  The Mississippi Department of Transportation has crews working around the clock to keep the roads safe.

"We have crews out placing de-icing material on our roadways, bridges and overpasses because most of our problems are on our secondary roads, our bridges and our overpasses," said MDOT Public Relations Director Carrie Adams.

By 8:00 p.m. Sunday MHP troopers had worked 15 wrecks in the Jackson district which includes nine counties.  Jackson Police Department reported 10 accidents with injuries.

"I just want to make sure that all motorists are safe if they have to travel.  If they don't, it would be a great idea to stay inside," said Adams.

MDOT officials ask drivers to keep a good distance between your vehicle and the others around you.  Avoid braking suddenly.  Make sure you check your tire pressure because pressure decreases in cold temperatures.  For updates on road conditions you can check www.mstraffic.com.

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