The Mississippi Department of Public Safety issued a press release at 6:13 a.m. on Wednesday, January 29 to address the driving conditions of Mississippi roadways.
According to MDPS, icy conditions remain extremely hazardous in the southern half of the state and motorists are asked to stay off the roads and highways until at least noon today.
Highway 49 in Magee is completely shut down, both northbound and southbound lanes.
We are told that in the Meridian area, driving conditions are very dangerous. The I-20/I-59 split is impassible. I-59 southbound is impassible. Westbound I-20 from the 20/59 split is impassible.
In the Hattiesburg area, icy conditions exists throughout the pine belt and many roads and highways are impassible.
Tractor-trailer traffic is asked by MDPS to avoid traveling south on I-55, south of Jackson. The big rigs cannot negotiate hills and will stranded.
Driving conditions are still treacherous in many areas south of I-20.
According to MDPS, until midnight last night, the Mississippi Highway Patrol had 358 reports of crashes in the southern half of the state.
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