STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) -The roads across northeast Mississippi are creating dangerous situations for anyone attempting to drive in these hazardous conditions.
Although the ice appeared to be melting on the roads of Starkville, those roads were still slick, covered in a layer of ice.
The Starkville police officers have been working tirelessly to keep folks in the area safe.
“Even where it looks like it’s safe, there’s a great hazard there,” said Starkville lieutenant, William Durr.
Working through the ice storm, Durr said the roads are not something to mess around with.
“Everybody wants to go see what town looks like with ice everywhere," he said. "It could be fun but also you know it just takes one wrong, you hit one wrong place, a piece of ice and then there’s a tragedy.”
Someone from the department posted a stern warning on its Facebook asking people to stay home. It said "This is not a time for sightseeing."
As of 11 A.M. on Wednesday, Durr said people reported nearly 28 crashes and 50 cars in ditches.
Sturgis resident Jimmy Franks drove around town earlier on Wednesday.
He said he easily could have been one of those needing police assistance.
“I’ve got sideways a couple times," he explained. "Coming out of the melted spots and then when you get to icy spots, you start sliding.”
People throughout Starkville attempted to drive up icy hills, eventually moving backwards rather than forwards.
Durr warned drivers that the roads just aren't safe to drive on right now.
“You just can’t drive on ice," he said. "Even with chains, it can be difficult. 4-wheel drive, it can be difficult. But just a regular car, if you hit the wrong spot that’s it for you.”
Lieutenant Durr also mentioned if you risk driving on the roads, you will probably have to wait a while for help.