JACKSON, Miss.- Governor Phil Bryant has issued a state of emergency for the state of Mississippi.
With winter weather expected to hit overnight and into the early morning in North Mississippi and parts of Central Mississippi. The National Weather Service says up to a quarter inch of ice, one to three inches of sleet and one to three inches of snow along with 40-50 mph winds are possible in northern counties.
“I have declared a state of emergency so the state can be in position to respond as quickly as possible should weather conditions become dangerous,” Gov. Phil Bryant said. “People should not be complacent given the very warm temperatures we are seeing today. The weather will deteriorate rapidly tonight, and everyone needs to have a plan. Residents should not overreact but should take time now to make proper preparations for potential icy conditions.”
MEMA activated the State Emergency Operations Center at 3 p.m. today with key state agencies responding to any requests for assistance from local governments. MEMA has been in contact with all county emergency managers and has urged them to plan to open warming shelters should the need arise in their area.