With another round of potential foul weather expected tonight, Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton urges motorists to be alert and avoid unnecessary driving if possible.
"Motorists need to be aware of the road conditions and their surroundings during all types of weather conditions, but especially during the winter months," Heaton said. "This is the time of year that driving conditions can change very quickly and people need to be prepared to adjust their driving per the conditions."
Local meteorologists were predicting rain in the afternoon hours to mix with snow as night approached and up to 1-inch of snow accumulation was expected by Thursday morning. With thermometers expected to drop into the low 20s, authorities are expecting ice and slick spots on local roadways.
When the first round of nasty winter weather arrived Monday evening, emergency response personnel throughout the county responded to more than 20 accidents -- not counting the various slide offs -- and one a double fatality.
Areas that were especially troublesome for motorists included hilly roads, bridges and curves.
Heaton also wanted to remind local residents they could learn about current conditions or closings of state and major county roads by dialing Ext. 8 when calling the Clay County Justice Center at 446-2535.
Clay County Information Services Director Scott Hill confirmed to The Brazil Times the information is current and updated as necessary.
When asked about winter safety tips for motorists who have to travel, Heaton had a few suggestions.
"Please slow down and drive with safety in mind," Heaton said. "Make sure to take the time to get where you're going safely. However, the best way to stay safe in this type of weather is to not drive if you don't have to."