MHP Advises Drivers to be Cautious

The Mississippi Highway Patrol is preparing for what it expects will be slick and dangerous road conditions Thursday.

Officials say there will likely be icy patches on the roads, and they could be especially bad on bridges and overpasses.

The MHP is advising residents to stay off the roads if at all possible.

"A bridge is the quickest thing to freeze because of the concrete on a bridge. So you're approaching a bridge and it's frozen, slow down," said SGT Malachi Sanders of MHP public affairs. "Slow down well in advance, before you get to that bridge. Also when you're approaching vehicles that are stopped in a lane of traffic or a stop sign, slow down. Come to almost a complete stop well in advance than you would ordinarily do."

Officials say road conditions could be bad for several days, as temperatures likely won't get above freezing.


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  • by Everette Location: Union on Jan 7, 2010 at 02:27 PM
    I'm Not Trying To Be A Smarty.But Bridges Freeze First Because The Cold Temp.Has Acess To The Bottom And Top At The Same Time.
  • by J G Location: LA on Jan 6, 2010 at 05:18 PM
    I don't claim to be an expert on anything but I did patrol for 25 years. If you're riding on a concrete road approaching a concrete bridge, which do you think is more likely to be frozen? Melting would require heat and if the sun is out the freezing rain/snow is about over. The asphalt would absorb more heat from the sun but I don't think the sun will be out tomorrow when the excitement starts. I am glad the Sgt. is out there and I'm at the house.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 6, 2010 at 04:45 PM
    I don't claim to be an expert, but I have heard that snow/ice melts faster on asphalt than concrete. But in any case, the officer's point is....drive slower and start the braking process sooner, because braking hard will cause you to slide. That's usually what causes the accidents, driving too fast and slamming on brakes.
  • by J G Location: Lower Alabama on Jan 6, 2010 at 04:15 PM
    The concrete doesn't cause the bridge to freeze first, Sgt. It has cold air under it and above it.
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