Winter weather blankets parts of NEMS

By NEMS Daily Journal

UPDATE: Counties in north part of Northeast Mississippi near the Tennessee state line got an inch or more of snow. Ice reported on bridges in Alcorn, Prentiss, Tippah, and Tishomingo counties, by Mississippi Department of Transportation.

The Mississippi Department of Transportation issued a winter weather alert on roadway conditions for motorists traveling in northern Mississippi on Thursday night after now and rain mixed with below-freezing temperatures moved into the region.

MDOT reported icy roadways and bridges in Alcorn, Prentiss, Tippah, Tishomingo, Tate, Marshall, Benton, Quitman, Coahoma, Tunica and DeSoto counties.

Mississippi Highway Patrol spokesman Ray Hall said around 10 p.m. Thursday there had been at least a dozen wrecks on Northeast Mississippi’s roads. He said all across U.S. Highway 72 and along the Benton and Union county line have been problematic. He said Alcorn County was icy as well.

Hall said many of MHP’s calls have been to assist motorists who have slid off the road.

The National Weather Service in Memphis is reporting a high of about 38 degrees Friday. A meteorologist said to expect ice on the roads at least until temperatures reach above freezing, which should happen around 10-11 a.m. today.

This is the third time the area has seen snowfall since late December. Last week, snowfall reached record numbers for the area with more than eight inches falling in some places, and most of it stayed around for the week.

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