SOUTHAVEN, Miss.–A half an inch of ice is possible, starting in the late evening Wednesday in northern counties and in the Delta. Winter just doesn’t seem to want to loosen its hold on Mississippi just yet.
Winter storm warnings were posted for the state’s northern third by the National Weather Service. A winter storm watch was in effect for areas along the Natchez Trace corridor and into central Mississippi.
Even though highs were expected in the 60s Wednesday, a cold front will arrive in the late evening and start dropping temperatures. It will be cold enough for ice to start accumulating in the northern counties before bedtime.
“The most significant icing will be across the Delta and on to the far north parts of the state, Oxford, Tupelo, and the suburbs of Memphis,” said National Weather Service Meteorologist Daniel Lamb.
He said icing could go as far south as central Mississippi. That would be more toward morning and accumulations would likely be limited to roads and especially bridges.
But, for the north part of the state, the same issues as last week that shut down schools and businesses, could be a problem again.
“Travel issues will be likely in those areas and power outages will be likely as well,” said Lamb.
Temps Thursday in the northern two thirds of the state will stay in the 30s. The southern third will only have rain to worry about, and a Thursday high of 42.