Snow Across The Mid-South Leads To Many Closings

MEMPHIS, Tenn (localmemphis.com) - Snow is accumulating in parts of the Mid-South, with many schools and businesses closing. There's a winter weather advisory in effect, with 1 to 2 inches of snow possible. Today's high will only be in the 20's. Tonight's low in the teens.

According to the Shelby County Sheriff's Office, deputies have responded to five minor accidents. About 60 accidents were reported throughout the Mid-South area Friday morning.

The Memphis Police Department has announced the implementation of the inclement weather policy:

If you have been involved in a crash and there are no injuries, drinking or drugs involved and no wreckers are needed on the scene, the drivers should exchange names, addresses, phone numbers, insurance information and tag numbers of the vehicles involved and both drivers should arrange a time to meet at the nearest Memphis Police Department Precinct or report to the Memphis Police Department Traffic Office located at 1925 Union Avenue. Drivers should bring with them their vehicles, proof of insurance and vehicle registration to file the crash report within ten (10) working days.

If you experience a power outage, you can call MLGW at 901-544-6500.

To check highway conditions:

CLICK HERE for a list of closings.

A warming center will open Friday night at 6:00 p.m. at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library. Call MATA for free rides - (901) 636-2525.

(MEMPHIS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT UPDATE - 10:49 a.m.)

  • Memphis International Airport remains open with little impact to flight operations.
  • Most flights in and out of Memphis have been on time today.
  • Very few significant delays or cancellations have been reported, and none have been caused due to conditions here at MEM.
  • The only current cancellations showing up are two Delta afternoon flights to and from Atlanta—winter weather is expected to hit Atlanta late this afternoon.
  • We encourage passengers to check frequently with their airlines before traveling today.
  • Crews have been working since early this morning to keep runways clear.
  • MEM has 27 vehicles dedicated to snow/ice removal this morning, including snow brooms, plow trucks, de-icing trucks, salt spreaders and tractors. About 75 Airfield Maintenance employees are working currently, though many other employees are also involved with the winter weather operations.

Tips for Passengers

  • Allow for extra time to get to the airport
  • Check with your airline before traveling – while it’s business as usual for the most part at MEM, weather in other cities could affect air travel today. The airlines will have the most up-to-date information about their schedules.

(MDOT NEWS RELEASE - 9:44 a.m. 1/6/2016)

The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) is reporting ice on roads and bridges in several counties in north and central Mississippi. MDOT first responders began pretreating roads and bridges yesterday and are currently working to keep them passable, but motorists should use extreme caution when traveling through the affected counties.

Ice has been reported in the following counties: Alcorn, Attala, Benton, Bolivar, Carroll, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Claiborne, Clay, Copiah, DeSoto, Grenada, Hinds, Holmes, Humphreys, Issaquena, Jefferson, Leflore, Lowndes, Marshall, Monroe, Montgomery, Oktibbeha, Panola, Prentiss, Quitman, Rankin, Scott, Sharkey, Sunflower, Tate, Tippah, Tishomingo, Tunica, Warren, Washington, Webster, Winston and Yazoo.

The public is encouraged to limit travel only in case of emergency in the affected areas. MDOT also encourages the traveling public to pay close attention to weather and travel advisories issued by the National Weather Service, Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), the Mississippi Highway Patrol and local law enforcement.

MDOT’s number one priority is the safety of the traveling public and using safe driving techniques is one way to ensure you arrive at your destination safely. MDOT offers these winter weather driving tips:

  • buckle up for safety;
  • slow down, especially when driving in winter weather conditions;
  • allow more space between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you;
  • brake early to allow plenty of time to stop;
  • brake gently to avoid skidding and never slam on the brakes;
  • turn on lights to be more visible to other motorists;
  • do not use cruise control or overdrive on icy roads;
  • stay alert and look farther ahead in traffic than you normally do; and
  • drive safely.

To stay up-to-date on current road and travel conditions, visit MDOTtraffic.com, download the free MDOT mobile app, call 511 or follow @MississippiDOT on Twitter. 


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