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Last minute shoppers having to deal with rough weather

Drivers are having to deal with less than ideal road conditions thanks to the wild weather. (Photo source: WLOX News) Drivers are having to deal with less than ideal road conditions thanks to the wild weather. (Photo source: WLOX News)
D'IBERVILLE, MS (WLOX) -

Rain has moved into the area and it's not going anywhere anytime soon. That may cause some delays for drivers hitting the roads for Christmas.

That heavy traffic and rain combination is especially affecting those getting some last minute shopping done. The Promenade in D'Iberville is one of the hottest South Mississippi shopping destinations, and with a few days left to buy those Christmas gifts, the rainy forecast and heavy traffic doesn't help last minute shoppers.

“I was thinking there was not going to be many people out because they would all still be at work and like myself I'm a school counselor, so I thought it wouldn't be that crowded. That was the wrong perception I had when we got there,” Cindy Cook said.

Other shoppers said traffic was a little heavy, but their main concern is people driving safely in these conditions.

“Stay off your cell phones. Look both ways. Use your blinker that seems to be the biggest things I've encountered out there,” said Robbei Arndt.

“Just be mindful. I'm probably not going to drive when it's dark, make sure I drive in daylight hours,” said Jimmy Purdue.

In the coming days, traffic on the highways will pick up significantly and law enforcement is encouraging drivers to take it slow.

“It’s holiday time. Traffic is going to be thicker, and they need to slow down and obey their traffic laws and they should be fine, but prepare for delays,” said D’Iberville Police Captain John Marr.

One driver is heeding that warning, and said her family does their best to prepare for whatever conditions are being forecasted.

“My husband, he generally makes sure, he makes a quick check before we go. He gives it a look over and makes sure pressure, everything. We make sure that we stay under the speed limit especially when it's real slick because it's not only you that you have to watch out for, it's the other drivers,” said Cook.

Don't forget the drive sober or get pulled over campaign has already started by the Mississippi Highway Patrol. They're encouraging drivers to make sure they have designated drivers over the holidays.

According to the First Alert Team, rain and storms are expected to continue throughout the week.

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