(JACKSON, Miss) -- A winter storm warning is in effect for Bolivar; Humphreys; Issaquena; Leflore; Sharkey; Sunflower; and Washington counties until at least noon today, while much of North Mississippi is under a winter weather advisory.
Forecasters with the National Weather Service Jackson office say two things are at play today, incoming rain and colder air pushing in from the Northwest. “It looks as those two conditions are going to gel best for freezing rain and possibly a little sleet,” said Meteorologist Lynn Burse. “But the main rest today appears to be freezing rain in the mid-delta with possible accumulations from anywhere from a tenth to maybe a quarter of an inch, possibly higher in a few locations.”
Burse says some areas are already seeing rain this morning, but the worst is expected around 9 or 10 and could last well through the day.
The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) is monitoring the weather today.
The agency advises that motorist be especially cautious with a higher risk of icing on bridges, overpasses and other elevated structures. Even though a road may be passable, a bridge can ice quickly causing drivers to lose control quickly causing accidents and injuries.
“It is very important that our residents remain weather aware during the next 24 to 48 hours,” said MEMA Director Robert Latham. “As is typical in our state, we could experience a wide variety of weather threats including winter weather, ice, flooding and severe thunder storms. Understanding what the threats are in your area will help you and your family become better prepared should conditions get worse.