Photo: from MHP: The Moorehead campus of Miss. Delta Community College
GREENWOOD, Miss.–Two people have died in Mississippi wrecks because of the ice and Wednesday morning the whole winter storm was not over. Anywhere from one quarter to one half an inch of ice accumulated on trees, cars and, unfortunately, some roads during Tuesday night’s storm.
“It still looks like there’s some areas in the Delta, particularly around Greenville, that are going to have a tough time getting above freezing today,” said National Weather Service Meteorologist Brad Bryant.
He said there was no more heavy icing expected Wednesday and a definite warm up would wipe out any remaining ice Thursday.
The worst icing was in the lower Delta, along a line from Vicksburg to Humphreys County, but several other areas got it rough, too.
Tweets from Natchez said folks were having a tough time crossing the Mississippi River bridge. The same thing was happening in Vicksburg, and an early morning chemical spill only made the situation worse, backing traffic up even worse.
There was also sleet and snow accumulations in Bolivar, Leflore and Sharkey counties.
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Two people have died because of the ice on Mississippi roadways.
Tuesday morning just before 7, 67-year-old David Watson, Sr. of Carrollton, died on Hwy. 35 near Teoc when his 2005 Toyota Tacoma flipped several times after he hit an icy patch.
Just before 9 Tuesday morning in Lowndes County, according to Highway Patrol spokesman Warren Strain, 37-year-old Tara N. Pugh of Reform, Ala. died when her 2000 Jeep Wrangler flipped after she went over an icy bridge on Hwy. 82.
Both wrecks were still under investigation by the Highway Patrol.
Strain said, as of Tuesday night, there had been 279 wrecks investigated by the Highway Patrol.