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Tracking a Possible Winter Storm: Ice Storm Warning for Extreme Northern Counties

SOUTHAVEN, Miss.–The extreme northern counties of the state are already under an ice storm warning through Friday evening, with more freezing rain and sleet possible through Saturday night. Delta counties are also being advised to be on the lookout for wintry precip as the temperature falls through the day on Friday.

Tunica, Olive Branch and all of the surrounding cities and counties are being warned that travel could become difficult or impossible if ice does accumulate.

National Weather Service Meteorologist Jim Branda, with the Memphis office, says there is the potential that more counties in Mississippi could be added to the ice storm warning if it looks like there could be more ice accumulations there.

Right now the only counties in the warning are DeSoto and Tunica. Marshall, Benton, Alcorn, Lafayette,  Union, Talahatchie, Yalobousha, Quitman, Panola, Tate and Coahoma counties are under a winter weather advisory and could still get a quarter of an inch of ice, but roads will likely still be slick, especially on bridges and overpasses.

“We’re looking for the rain to change over to freezing rain at 6 a.m. (Friday),” said Branda, “and it looks like the brunt of the precip is gonna fall as freezing rain throughout the day, with half to possibly three quarters of an inch of accumulation.”

He said it could change over to sleet and snow, with less than one inch of accumulation.


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