Burn bans remain intact despite rainfall

TUPELO – Sparse rainfall throughout the area Friday night and Saturday wasn’t enough to lift burn bans in some Northeast Mississippi counties.
Bans will remain in effect in Lee, Monroe, Chickasaw, Clay and Pontotoc counties until considerable rain falls in the area. Lafayette County supervisors are expected to approve a ban Monday.
Monroe County’s prohibition took effect Friday, the same day as Lee County’s, and will expire Oct. 31.
“We got a little rain in the northern part of the county, but it wasn’t nearly enough to lift the ban,” said Monroe County Sheriff Andy Hood, whose department will be enforcing the ban.
“It’s been dry for a while now, so one day of rainfall just isn’t going to be enough to lift it,” he said.
The area can expect more rainfall over the next couple of days. According to the National Weather Service in Memphis, there is a 25 percent chance of rain tonight and a 50 percent chance of rain Monday.
But after Monday, no rain is in the forecast for the rest of the week.
Even though the area won’t be seeing much rain, it won’t be extremely hot either. NWS meteorologist Ryan Housted said Monday’s high will be 71 degrees and the temperature for the rest of the week isn’t expected to climb over the mid-80s.

Contact Danza Johnson at (662) 678-1583 or danza.johnson@djournal.com.

DANZA JOHNSON / NEMS Daily Journal