Biting cold in Northeast Mississippi

By Errol Castens/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – If you’re reading this on Monday morning, be forewarned: It’s dangerously cold.
After a Sunday on which some parts of the region saw hours of snow but little if any accumulation, much of Northeast Mississippi wakes up this morning to a wind chill advisory until 10 a.m. The National Weather Service said Sunday that with the expectation of low temperatures in the mid-teens this morning and sustained winds of 25 miles per hour or more, wind chill values could be as low as 5 degrees below zero.
Such conditions can be dangerous to those not properly protected.
“Low wind chills can result in frostbite and lead to hypothermia if precautions are not taken,” the advisory statement read. “If you must venture outdoors, make sure you wear a hat and gloves.”
While the hazardous wind chill will abate as the day goes on, winds will continue throughout the day. In parts of the region, actual temperatures are expected to stay below freezing all day before temps drop to the teens again tonight.
“It’ll be pretty blustery and cold until about sunset,” said Chris Duke, a forecaster in the National Weather Service’s Memphis office. “By then, the winds will start to die down, but it’s still going to be cold (tonight) and Tuesday morning. Even without wind, 15 degrees is cold.”
By late Tuesday night, forecasters are cautioning that the region could be in for some light freezing rain.
“It’ll probably a very narrow timeframe – probably midnight to 7, 8 or 9 o’clock Wednesday morning,” Duke said. “It’s probably not going to be much, if any, but it doesn’t take much to cause real problems.” More northern parts of the mid-South are at greater risk for freezing rain, he added.
On Thursday, Northeast Mississippi should see a chance of rain but with high temperatures in the mid-50s.
Contact Errol Castens at (662) 281-1069 or errol.castens@djournal.com.

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