By Sheena Barnett/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Three fatalities and snow marked a busy holiday weekend for Mississippi.
The sole fatality in Northeast Mississippi was that of a 12-year-old boy in an Itawamba County wreck.
Six people were in a vehicle on Jericho Road in the Fairview community when the driver lost control and hit a tree at about 10 p.m. Saturday, said Allen Popetz, deputy coroner for Itawamba County. The boy’s name has not been released.
There were two fatalities elsewhere in the state over the weekend.
Kimma L. Clark, 49, of Brooklin, was killed in a one-car crash in Perry County on Christmas Day. Miguel Suber, 53, of Niota, Tenn., was killed in a one-car wreck in Pearl River County on Thursday.
According to Trooper Ray Hall, as of Sunday afternoon, the Mississippi Highway Patrol had investigated 110 traffic accidents since the holiday weekend began last Wednesday at 6 p.m. There were 39 injuries reported as well.
Statewide, more than 2,000 citations were issued and 66 impaired drivers removed from the highways.
Midnight Sunday was the end of the holiday weekend for the Highway Patrol.
The winter weather was the other big newsmaker over the Christmas weekend.
About an inch of snow fell on Tupelo and the surrounding areas, said Chris Duke, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Memphis.
Snow fell throughout the day Sunday, but there was no additional accumulation from it.
Today will be “one of those really cold, really dry days,” Duke said. “You should see the sun, but highs will only be about 39 degrees, right at 40.”
Tonight’s lows will reach about 20 degrees.
Tuesday will see highs near 50, with rain coming back into the forecast around Wednesday.