MDOT Warns drivers of potential severe weather - MSNewsNow.com - Jackson, MS

MDOT Warns drivers of potential severe weather

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) - The holidays have arrived, and motorists across the state have made travel plans to see family and friends. 

With severe weather in the forecast for most of the state Monday afternoon through Tuesday, the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) would like to warn motorists of the dangers of traveling in severe weather.

“Keeping the traveling public safe is our number one priority,” said MDOT Executive Director Melinda McGrath. “While everyone is focused on the holiday season, we want to encourage motorists to buckle up, drive safely, stay alert and slow down—especially while driving in severe weather conditions.”

The National Weather Service (NWS) forecasts possible severe weather starting this afternoon through Tuesday as a cold front passes through the state. Heavy rain, large hail, damaging winds and possibly tornadoes could occur.

MDOT offers these severe weather driving safety tips:

· buckle up for safety;

· slow down, especially when driving in severe 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 brakes;

· turn on lights to be more visible to other motorists;

· avoid distractions—such as cell phone use—while driving;

· stay alert and look further down the road than you normally do; and

· watch out for other drivers—don't assume everyone else is driving as safely as you are.

The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) has warned Mississippi residents to be prepared for “Grinch-like” weather. You can find safety tips from MEMA here: http://www.msema.org/be-prepared-for-grinch-like-weather/

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