- Associated Press - Saturday, January 7, 2017

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Parts of Interstates 20, 55 and 220 in central Mississippi resemble a parking lot as motorists await warmer temperatures to melt ice on roads and help from state crews tasked with speeding up that process.

Mississippi Department of Transportation Executive Director Melinda McGrath says since early Saturday crews have been salting roads to get parked truckers back on their journeys, but the weather hasn’t cooperated. She says they pre-treated roads ahead of Friday’s storm, but it came in quicker, colder and wetter than was forecast. As a result, she says, the rain washed away that pre-treatment and ice formed.

McGrath is encouraging motorists to stay home unless absolutely necessary. She says even though the sun is out, temperatures are still below freezing and patches of black ice can form.

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