M.D.O.T. workers have worked around the clock to prep roads, exit ramps, and bridges in south Mississippi. M.D.O.T. has a staging site in each coastal county. Trucks have been de-icing roads over the past two days in an effort to protect Coast drivers. Until this wicked weather improves, these trucks and workers won't stop. The sleet has been falling since early this afternoon and road conditions are becoming more dangerous by the moment. M.D.O.T. crews have been working non-stop the past two days, salting the roads and spreading sand on bridges and roadways. Tracy Woods of M.D.O.T. says, “I've been out here 25 years and this is the second time in two weeks that we've had to do this. We weren't quite prepared the first time, but we're a little more prepared this time.”
Traffic was light today: evidence that most drivers are staying off the roads. Still, many people are making the drive to their jobs. Monica Sexton, a gas station employee, says, “It wasn't that bad. I thought it was going to be worse than it was. I just drove slow and made it to work on time.” It's getting home after work that has most people worried. That's why many businesses closed early today. Seabee William Harrison is one worker who left early. Harrison says, “I'm worried for a lot of people out there traveling right now. I know there was a 50 car pileup the other day and I just hope something like that doesn't happen again.” Conditions are expected to worsen as the day turns into night. Woods also says, “The way it’s going, it looks like it’s going to be pretty bad. If I can say anything at all, it's stay off the road." If you have to be out on the road, look out for working crews too.