Wet Tupelo, Lee County still under winter storm warning

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djournal-weather-winterBy Robbie Ward

Daily Journal

TUPELO – Tupelo and Lee County officials welcomed wet weather this morning with no sign of dangerous icy conditions while the area remains under a winter storm warning into the evening.

Worries of ice and snow in the city and county Tuesday night brought only rain this morning.

Tupelo Public Works director Chuck Williams said city crews monitored road conditions throughout the night and this morning with salt and gravel if icy conditions developed.

“We’re not seeing anything but just a lot of wet roads,” Williams said just after 7 a.m. “Everybody was ready and nothing happened, which is fine with me.”

Lee County administrator Sean Thompson said county offices will open today and garbage pickup will resume.

The city has had no weather-related car accidents reported since Tuesday night, said Tupelo police chief Bart Aguirre.

No ice or snow this morning doesn’t mean it won’t arrive today. The National Weather Service in Jackson continues to place Tupelo under a winter storm warming until 6 p.m. Temperatures of 32 degrees were reported at the Tupelo Regional Airport at 7:55 this morning. Forecasters still say the area could experience snow and freezing rain after noon.

Daytime snow and sleet accumulation could result in 2 to 4 inches and a tenth of an inch of ice.

High temperatures today are expected to reach 35 degrees.

Tupelo Mayor Jason Shelton said City Hall will open this morning but the city announced Tuesday night closings today at the Tupelo Aquatic Center, Oren Dunn City Museum and municipal court.

“We’ll make a decision in a few hours of whether to call people in for those offices,” Shelton said just before 8 a.m. today.

robbie.ward@journalinc.com

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