Wintry Mississippi WeatherBy Teresa Collier | Published 04 Feb 2011 09:43am |
As freezing temperatures continue to plague the state, snow and icy precipitation has been reported on roadways, bridges and overpasses in the following areas: the Highway 49 Bridge, northbound lane, over the Big Black River at the Madison/Yazoo County Line is accumulating icy precipitation, Highway 80 Bridge at the Rankin County Line Road between Morton and Pelahatchie is iced over as well as Highway 489 Newton County Bridges and Attala, Benton, Bolivar, Coahoma, Clay, Claiborne, Copiah, Covington, Grenada, Hinds, Holmes, Humphreys, Issaquena, Itawamba, Jefferson Davis, Kemper, Lafayette, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Leake, Lee, Leflore, Lincoln, Lowndes, Madison, Marion, Marshall, Montgomery, Monroe, Newton, Noxubee, Oktibbeha, Panola, Pike, Quitman, Rankin, Scott, Sharkey, Simpson, Smith, Tallahatchie, Tippah, Tunica, Union, Walthall, Warren, Washington, Winston, Yalobusha and Yazoo Counties. MDOT would like to ask all motorists when traveling over bridges and overpasses to please drive with extreme caution.
Much of Mississippi was under a winter storm warning through Friday with forecasters expecting up to an inch of snow in northern counties overnight and freezing rain and sleet to the south.
The Mississippi Department of Transportation said icy was accumulating on U.S. Highway 49 in Simpson County, two bridges on Mississippi Highway 27 south of Georgetown, the Pearl River Bridge on Mississippi Highway 28 and on bridges and roadways in Copiah, Covington, Jefferson Davis, Lawrence, Lincoln, Marion, Pike, Simpson, Smith and Walthall counties.
MDOT said crews were out putting de-icing material on bridges and overpasses in the southern part of the state at midday Thursday and were monitoring other areas.
Alcorn State University announced it would shut down its campuses in Lorman, Vicksburg and Natchez at 2 p.m. Thursday because of freezing rain.
The Mississippi School for the Blind in Jackson closed Thursday and would be closed Friday. Schools in Forrest and Lamar counties were closed Thursday.
The National Weather Service said the freezing rain and light snow could be expected to continue into Monday with overnight temperatures before freezing in central and northern Mississippi. Sunny and slightly warmer weather was expected to return statewide Tuesday.
Weather Service meteorologist Eric Carpenter says the cold air that spurred the massive snowstorms in the Midwest is moving across the area and contributing to the expected sleet and snow.
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