Jackson County still feeling effects of winter blast

JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Jackson County is still feeling the nasty effects of the frigid temperatures. Icy road conditions caused several accidents in the area Wednesday, and people are being urged to stay off the roads.

Day two of the unusual winter blast in Jackson County produced ice covered cars, slippery streets and a slushy mess to cleanup.

The cold front crippled travel in Gautier Wednesday, but that didn't stop one English tourist from braving the cold for a morning run.

"I have been coming to South Mississippi for the last six years, and I have never experienced this before. It is just insane," the tourist said.

On the Highway 90 high-rise bridge that extends from Gautier to Pascagoula, there is a lot of ice. Police told WLOX it could take up to Thursday to melt. That is why one lane is open on each side.

"We are going to have one coat of sand in one lane. It is a lot of slush on the outside lanes," Pascagoula Police Officer Terry Scott said.

In Moss Point, Fire Chief Clarence Parks said dangerous black ice continues to linger around, including Frank Griffin road.

"Of course you can see this ice, but often times we run into situations like this where it looks like the normal ground."

Jackson County Emergency Service Director Earl Etheridge said most of the roads north of the interstate are also still very icy.

"To give you an idea of how the roads are, Highway 63 north of the power plant we had people playing ice hockey in the middle of the road. That is how much ice we have on the road," Etheridge said.

Emergency responders are urging folks to stay home and off the roads.

"We have had dozens of accidents already this morning and most of those are people sliding off the roads. We had one serious accident at the Forest Lake and Franklin Creek exit. We had five with injuries. You don't need to be out driving," Etheridge said.

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