Mississippi Skies: Fog, smoke contribute to fatal wreck involving 158 vehicles on southern interstate. How will weather impact Tuesday’s driving conditions?

Published 12:43 am Tuesday, October 24, 2023

Fog and smoke contributed to major crashes on a Louisiana interstate Monday, resulting in seven deaths and 158 vehicles involved. Semitrucks caught fire and cars ended up in a lake along I-55.

Although the investigation is just beginning, Tuesday could bring more dangerous conditions along the Gulf Coast, especially for people commuting into Metro New Orleans and the North Shore area from Mississippi along I-59, I-10, and I-55. Extreme caution is urged for people driving through the parishes bordering Lake Pontchartrain.

Parts of Mississippi, especially southern Mississippi, could also have dense fog in places Tuesday morning. Drivers are cautioned to reduce speed, plan for a longer commute, use low beams, and leave plenty of room between vehicles.

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Otherwise, our weather will continue with plenty of dry conditions and warm temperatures. We hit some record highs in several places Monday and we could again Tuesday.

We’re still watching Hurricane Tammy. The storm is still expected to weaken into a tropical storm within the next few days, but it’s also still forecasted to make a sharp left turn towards the U. S.

North Mississippi

Mostly cloudy, then becoming sunny with a high of 81. Mostly clear Tuesday night with a low of 59.

Central Mississippi

Sunny with a high of 85. Clear overnight with a low of 57.

South Mississippi

Dense fog in the morning, then sunny with a high of 87. Mostly clear overnight with a low of 59.

Gulf Coast

Sunny with a high of 81. Mostly clear with a low of 64.