UPDATE: WINTER WARNING in Pine Belt, officials urging residents to stay off roads

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The freezing rain and low temperatures is causing the roads to become extremely dangerous. Officials are urging residents to avoid driving if at all possible.

“An inch of an ice is not a lot, but it’s a lot for us in South Mississippi" said Debbie Windham Forrest County Deputy Director and 911 Coordinator.

Ice on the roads does not happen often in the south, but when it does, residents should be on high alert. “If we are start having issues, we will make sure to tell the public where its at, and where to stay away from" said Lieutenant (Lt.) Jon Traxler with the Hattiesburg Police department.

Windham said the roads will get worse as the night progresses and even advanced cars are warning its drivers with pop-ups on its display screens. She said, “We have been upgraded here in Forrest County from the Winter Weather Advisory to a Winter Storm Warning, and basically that means our chances of the rain turning into sleet, freezing rain, has increased."

Windham added, "As our temperatures drop this afternoon, we will start to see that happen.” Officials said to watch out for bridges. “Bridges and overpasses will start to accumulate, that the first thing, so people traveling will need to be really careful of that" she said.

It is a slight chance, but as the temperatures drop, it might snow. “The winter storm warning is in effect until midnight until noon tomorrow, and during that time our weather conditions will start to deteriorate this afternoon with the rain, sleet, freezing rain" said Windham

She added, "And we do have a light chance of snow, but that will be until midnight and 3 am.”



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