PEARL – The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency is monitoring a slow moving cold front, which will bring the possibility of winter weather, including freezing rain to Northwest Mississippi tomorrow morning.
The latest forecast from the National Weather Service says residents in that part of the state could see as much as a ¼ to ½ inch, or more, of ice accumulation on elevated structures beginning early tomorrow morning and lasting most of the day.
Motorists should 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.”
A Winter Storm Watch will be in effect from Monday morning through Monday evening for the following counties: Bolivar, Carroll, Grenada, Holmes, Humphreys, Issaquena, Leflore, Sharkey, Sunflower, Washington and Yazoo.
Ice accumulation could also bring down trees and power lines. If you or your family encounters any downed power lines, always treat them as if they are live, and report them to your power company.
Residents are also encouraged to check on elderly and at-risk neighbors and relatives due to the increased potential for power outages and temperatures dropping well below freezing. Make sure they have a safe, warm place to stay while the conditions remain cold and hazardous.
In addition to the threat of tomorrow’s winter weather, heavy rain and thunderstorms are moving through the state causing local flooding of already swollen creeks and rivers. Residents should never drive through flooded roadways and look for an alternate route.
Some counties received more than six inches of rain last week, which raises the concern of additional flooding, downed trees and power lines and the possibility of mudslides due to saturated soil.
MEMA urges the public to report damages to your local Emergency Management Agency. For a list of contact numbers for your county, visit www.msema.org/local-ema.
The public is encouraged to follow MEMA on Twitter and Facebook for updates.