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MDOT prepares for winter weather

TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) — The Mississippi Department of Transportation prepared for the possibility of winter weather Friday evening.

Friday morning, Matt Dunn, MDOT's District Maintenance Engineer, said he told crews to be ready just in case there was winter weather this evening.

Throughout the day, crews in each of the 16 counties he covers, prepared their trucks with salt spreaders and at least one with a plow.

Dunn also told crews to be especially prepared if the bridges were to ice over, because, he said, they will ice over before the roads do.

He also recommended that drivers be extra cautious.

"[Remember to] pay attention to the road," Dunn said. "[Also] be cautious when they cross bridges, especially if the temperatures have dropped and they see sleet falling. Definitely, don't hit your breaks when you approach the bridge. Go ahead and coast over the bridge and you'll make it over just fine."

Dunn's final piece of advice is to stay off the roads if you can.





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