Accidents already piling up because of winter weather

By mid-afternoon Friday, the Mississippi Highway Patrol was reporting 62 traffic crashes statewide because of the winter weather.

MHP said it also had received 141 calls for assistance by 3 p.m.

“Due to possible icing of the roadways, we encourage motorists to travel only in emergency situations, lower vehicle speeds, and use extreme caution,” an MHP news release said.

MHP had an early report of a Coast accident due to the weather at 12:15 p.m., when spokesman Chase Elkins said a car hit a wet spot and hydroplaned and hit a guard rail on eastbound I-10 near the Long Beach exit. No injuries were reported.

Staff Writer Jeff Clark contributed to this report.