Freezing cold spell may be ending

TUPELO – Thursday’s icy roads caused problems for motorists in Northeast Mississippi, but after two days of driving on ice, the number of accidents almost disappeared.
Mississippi Highway Patrol Trooper Ray Hall said police worked 40 accidents Thursday on the area highways due mostly to icy road conditions. However, there were only a couple on Friday and Saturday.
“After that first day when the weather just rolled through all of a sudden, things have been quiet,” said Hall. “Caution has set in on the drivers and they are being very careful about how and where they drive.”
Hall said all the major highways had mostly cleared up by Saturday, improving driving conditions. Tupelo city and Lee County officials also said they saw few traffic incidences involving the weather the past couple of days.
While law enforcement caught a break, city and county crews spread salt and sand on the roads to keep them safe. Also staying busy were area plumbers.
San Steele, owner of Steele Plumbing, said he had a steady workload the past few days from people with frozen pipes.
“People’s pipes are freezing left and right,” said Steele. “A lot of people forgot to cover air holes under their houses this summer and now the pipes are really paying the price in this cold weather.”
Steele said wrapping pipes or heating them is the best way for people to make sure their pipes don’t freeze.
Today’s forecast calls for a high of 32 degrees with a low of 17, according to the National Weather Service in Memphis. Monday’s high is projected to reach 44 degrees with a low of 26.

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