Snow slows traffic across area; Mississippi River bridge open

Published 6:55 am Friday, December 8, 2017

NATCHEZ — Most roads across the area remained open Friday morning despite approximately 3 inches of snow falling overnight.

Natchez Police Chief Walter Armstrong urged motorists to use common sense.

“We are strongly encouraging the motorists to stay off the roads unless it’s absolutely necessary,” he said. “For those that absolutely have to be out there they should allow a plenty a travel time.”

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The police chief suggest drivers should double the following distance between the vehicle ahead of them to allow for safe stopping.

“Bridges, overpasses, and any parts of the roads that are covered by trees are typically the last to become safe to travel,” Armstrong said. “In the case of a emergency dial 911.”

The Mississippi River Bridge at U.S. 84/98 remained open, however transportation officials urge motorists to only drive if necessary.

The Mississippi Department of Transportion offers these tips for safe winter driving:

  • Remember, ice will form on bridges and overpasses quicker than the road.
  • Slow down – should winter weather conditions become present, “black ice” can form.
  • Allow more space between your vehicle and the one in front of you.
  • Brake early and gently to avoid skidding, and never slam on the brakes.
  • Avoid distractions, such as talking or texting on a cell phone.
  • Stay alert.