Winter is here but where's the cold weather? - MSNewsNow.com - Jackson, MS

Winter is here but where's the cold weather?

source: MDOT source: MDOT
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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Mississippi’s weather over the past week hasn’t really made it feel like Christmastime, much less winter.

Despite what the weather is doing right now, winter is officially upon us, and anyone who has lived in Mississippi for any length of time knows that the weather can change in the blink of an eye.

The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) urges the traveling public be prepared.

“MDOT’s number one priority is the safety of the traveling public,” said MDOT Executive Director Melinda McGrath. “While weather isn’t something we can control, we can be prepared for winter weather beforehand. MDOT encourages everyone to take the necessary precautions to ensure they are as safe as possible this winter season.”

Safety on the roads is key to a safe holiday and keeping passengers safe.

MDOT advises making sure your vehicle is in optimal condition before the cold weather sets in. 

Here are a few tips they give motorists:

·         Have your vehicle battery and charging system checked for optimum performance.

·         Clean, flush and put new antifreeze in your vehicle’s cooling system.

·         Have your brakes checked.

·         Make sure your heater, defroster and windshield wipers work properly.

MDOT also suggests creating a winter weather car kit to keep in your vehicle in case of a winter weather emergency. Here are some suggested items for your kit:

·         Windshield scraper

·         Flashlight with extra batteries

·         Jumper cables

·         Cell phone charger

MDOT also monitors road and traffic conditions constantly through its Traffic Management Center (TMC).

Using traffic cameras, congestion analysis technology, radar and temperature sensors, along with local agency communication, TMC observes the most traveled highways in the state to ensure safety.

TMC is the information hub or nerve center of Mississippi’s highway management system.

During winter weather storms, as well as other weather-related emergencies, TMC staff is on even higher alert for road and bridge closures.

At the click of a button, important traveler information about Mississippi’s highways is sent to approximately 100,000 people across the state. The TMC releases traveler information in many ways:

•           Traffic alerts are sent via email or text to people who sign up on Trafficker.com

•           Information is released through our smartphone app

•           Travel information and alerts can also be accessed by calling Mississippi 511

•           Dynamic Message Signs

•           Highway Advisory Radios

•           Social media outlets

MDOT’s three free travel resources are MDOTtraffic.com, the MDOT Traffic mobile app and Mississippi 511.

Share these safety preparedness tips with family and friends who you know will be traveling throughout the winter season.

For more information and tips on how you can prepare for winter weather, visit www.GoMDOT.com/winter or www.MDOTtraffic.com.

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