By The Associated Press
Wide swaths of Louisiana and Mississippi braced Saturday for a bout of winter weather bringing the promise of sleet, snow and icy highways that would hamper travel early into the work week.
The National Weather Service issued a winter storm watch beginning at 9 a.m. Sunday and continuing through 6 a.m. Monday for northern sections of Louisiana and Mississippi.
The worst weather — including accumulations of slushy snow and sleet of 4 to 8 inches — were projected along a line north of Rayville, La., to Philadelphia, Miss. on Sunday. Following that, forecasters were expecting freezing rain to hit the region late Sunday.
Farther south into central Louisiana and more southern portions of Mississippi, forecasts called for a mix of sleet, freezing rain and rain beginning Sunday morning and continuing through the day. The weather service said that could bring up an an inch of ice on highways, completing stopping travel, and knock out power.
Throughout the region, the arrival of stiff northeasterly winds late Sunday could refreeze slush accumulations, causing more travel problems and downed power lines, the weather service said. Some areas that see slush will not reach the hard freeze mark until Monday, forecasters said.
National Weather Service forecast:
Winter storm watch has been upgraded to Winter storm warning for Northeast Mississippi.
National Weather Service forecast below …
This Afternoon: Sunny, with a high near 44. North wind between 10 and 15 mph.
Tonight: Increasing clouds, with a low around 19. North northeast wind between 5 and 10 mph.
Sunday: Snow likely, mainly after 3pm. Cloudy, with a high near 34. East northeast wind between 10 and 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.
Sunday Night: Snow. The snow could be heavy at times. Some thunder is also possible. Low around 29. East northeast wind around 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 4 to 8 inches possible.
Monday: Snow likely, possibly mixed with freezing drizzle, mainly before noon. Cloudy, with a high near 34. East northeast wind between 5 and 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. Little or no ice accumulation expected. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
Monday Night: A slight chance of snow and freezing drizzle. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 29. Northeast wind around 5 mph becoming calm. Chance of precipitation is 20%.