UPDATE: Ice, snow expected tonight, Tuesday in region

djournal-weather-winterBy Errol Castens

Daily Journal

JACKSON – The southernmost counties of Northeast Mississippi are expected to see the worst of the region’s winter weather tonight.

While up to an inch of snow and light amounts of sleet and ice are predicted for much of the region, the National Weather Service in Jackson has issued a Winter Storm Warning for an area across the state along and near a line from Vicksburg to Columbus, including Clay and Oktibbeha counties in Northeast Mississippi. The warning begins at 6 p.m. today and extends to 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Forecasters predict “significant accumulation of ice” in counties under the warning – a quarter-inch generally, with the possibility of as much as a half-inch in limited areas.

“This will lead to icing of bridges, overpasses, roadways, trees and elevated surfaces for hazardous driving conditions,” says the warning statement. “There may also be some power outages due to the accumulation of ice on power lines and some fallen branches on power lines.”

Several other counties are under a winter weather advisory that extends from 6 p.m. today until noon Tuesday. They include Calhoun, Chickasaw, Itawamba, Lafayette, Lee, Monroe, Pontotoc and Union. Forecasters expect about an inch of snow there, with heavier amounts in a few areas.

Prentiss County and counties along the Tennessee line may get flurries, but little accumulation of snow is expected tonight. Slight possibilities of snow continue through Wednesday in the region, however.

As the forecast stands on Monday afternoon, by Thursday the region should enjoy almost spring-like weather. From Thursday to Sunday, days are expected to be clear to mostly clear, with highs in the 50s. Sunday may even warm up to the upper 50s or lower 60s.