It's going to be a cold weekend

By Danza Johnson
Daily Journal

TUPELO – If Thursday's cold, wet weather wasn't enough to breakout the big coat, Northeast Mississippians will get a second dose of freezing temperatures over the Super Bowl weekend.

The area will experience lows in the 20s through Sunday night a chance but no accumulation of snow flurries, according to the National Weather Service in Memphis.

With freezing rain falling throughout the area Thursday night, most of Northeast Mississippi dodged the bad-road bullet. Very few roads froze over.

“Considering the temperatures and moisture we got, very few accidents were recorded,” said Troop F Highway Patrolman H.L. Kitchens. “The roads and bridges got kind of icy up in Tippah and Alcorn County and we had most of our accidents in those areas, but nothing serious.”

Schools were closed in those counties.

In northwest Mississippi, iced over bridges and overpasses were blamed for some 25 wrecks.

Tishomingo County received nearly an inch of snow but didn't have many accidents, according to its sheriff's department.

Kitchens said motorists should be more cautious than usual when navigating icy roads, especially bridges, this weekend.

“It's easy to lose control of a car in ice,” said Kitchens. “People need to slow down, give themselves enough time to get to where they're going so they don't have to rush and wear their seat belts. You can't always prevent an accident, especially in bad weather, but wearing a seat belt can up your chance of survival.”

There were no accidents caused by the weather in Tupelo.

Contact Daily Journal law enforcement reporter Danza Johnson at 678-1583 or danza.johnson@djournal.com.