Ice sparks crashes in region

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By Stephanie Rebman

Daily Journal

Icy conditions rolled into Northeast Mississippi on Saturday night, sparking crashes on roadways.

Mississippi Department of Transportation reported icy roads in Alcorn, Benton, Prentiss, Lafayette, Pontotoc and Lee counties.

According to Mississippi Highway Patrol spokesman Ray Hall, around 9 p.m. MHP was working accidents in Pontotoc, Benton and Union counties. Ice was especially accumulating on U.S. Highways 72, 78, 278 and Mississippi Highway 6.

Around 8:30 p.m., roads started icing in Tupelo city limits, sparking several crashes, particularly on Hwy. 78. Slick spots were reported on northern portions of Hwy. 45 in Lee County.

There were no reports of fatalities Saturday night.

Public works crews were called to get sand on bridges throughout the night.

According to the National Weather Service in Memphis, reports were coming in of ambulances having trouble maneuvering roadways, particularly in Lee, Itawamba and Pontotoc counties. NWS also received reports of multiple crashes in Lafayette County.

Meteorologist John Moore III said people should be cautious when waking up and getting out and about this morning.

“There is still a chance of rain Sunday morning and it will be right near freezing, so it could be icy down there,” he said.

Moore said people in the Lee County will see temperatures a good ways above freezing, but the ice will still be around until about 7 or 8 a.m. He said it will be cooler in the Lafayette County area and the ice likely won’t melt until around 10 a.m.

The temperatures are forecast to be in the 40s during the day the next couple days, with another chance for freezing precipitation Monday night.

stephanie.rebman@journalinc.com