Winter Weather Updates

By NEMS Daily Journal




Updates here all day from winter weather in
Northeast Mississippi.

6:18 p.m.: Very cold night tonight. Low of 10 in the forecast.

5:38 p.m.: Accident involving 18-wheeler at Green Street exit and Highway 78 in Tupelo. Traffic moving slowly.

4:23 p.m.: Hearing roads are getting better be careful tonight as things start to freeze with cold temperatures.

2:10 p.m.: From Plantersville Police Chief Maury L. Schuh – At about 11:30 p.m. Wedensday Plantersville Police and Fire Departments responded to a one car accident on East Central Street in Plantersville. The driver lost control due to road conditions (ice) and the vehicle went into a ditch. Plantersville Fire Chief Jim Curry reported the driver was transported to NMMC by ambulance.

2:01 p.m.: From Monroe Journal … Chief Deputy Brent Swan of the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, Monroe County residents are urged to use extreme caution while traveling for the next 24 hours.

Swan said the MCSO had responded to somewhere between 15-20 vehicle accidents due to the weather.

12:16 p.m.: Sun is out and reports road conditions are getting better.

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Noon – Daily Journal’s Danza Johnson tells us the roads are clearing up in Tupelo. All the main roads are clear. Some of the back streets are a problem, but things are getting better.

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10:30 a.m. – From Daily Journal Religion Editor Galen Holley …

As the workday began Hwy 9 between Pontotoc and Sherman was coated with ice, making even the slowest travel treacherous.

About a mile west of Sherman on Hwy 9, near Magnolia Way, which provides access to the new Toyota plant, personnel from the Mississippi Department of Transportation and the Pontotoc County Sheriff’s Department rerouted eastbound traffic headed for Hwy 78.

The few motorisst who approached the roadblock were directed down a Pontotoc County road toward Belden-Endville Road.

Two miles west of the roadblock, at the intersection of Belden-Endville Road and Hwy 9, store owner Jason Steele operated with a skeleton crew but said most of his regular customers made it in alright.

Steele, owner of the Endville General Store, noted that traffic on the roads was noticably slow.

At 9:30 a.m. dispatchers for Pontotoc County 911 said every officer on-duty was working an accidnet, adding that calls started picking up early in the morning as folks tried to make it to work.

“There’s just ice everwhere,” one dispatcher said. “We’re very busy and doing the best we can.”

9:14 a.m. – From Daily Journal’s Danza Johnson – Mississippi Highway Patrolmen have had a busy morning with accidents involving 18-wheelers.

Trooper Ray Hall said more than 10 18-wheelers
jackknifed on Highway 78 throughout the night and early morning, causing the highway to be shutdown for long periods of time.

Hall also said dozens of vehicles have been pulled from ditches after skidding off the road.

No injuries have been reported at this time.
Many of the roads and streets in Tupelo are still iced over. Traffic on Gloster and Main Street is moving very slow due to the ice. Police urge people to navigate the streets with caution.

8:25 a.m. – From The Associated Press — Icy conditions persisted early Thursday across much of north Mississippi with local and state officials cautioning people to stay home if they can and be careful if they must be out.

State offices north of Interstate 20 were closed until at least noon Thursday under an order issued by Gov. Haley Barbour. Many school and businesses had announced Wednesday ahead of the snow and sleet that they would not open Thursday.

The Department of Transportation reported conditions were much better south of Interstate 20.

Some areas of north Mississippi reported five inches of snow or more. The snow began falling before the lunch hour Wednesday and lasted well into the evening.

While some businesses closed early, the crippling snow did not interrupt Tunica County’s gaming industry.

Valets at Tunica’s casinos added ice scraping to their list of services.

“We have flights that had come in from Philadelphia and other cities,” said Greg Hinton with Harrah’s Casino Tunica. “We also have our poker players who are playing in our World Series of Poker tournament, so we’ve got a pretty big crowd here for a snowy night.”

The National Weather Service said Thursday a warm up is in store for Mississippi.

Thursday was expected to partly sunny in north Mississippi with temperatures in the 30s but much colder temperatures Thursday night.

Forecasters said a dry pattern will be in place for the next several day and the return of a southerly flow will lead to warmer temperatures. Friday will be sunny in north Mississippi with highs in the 40s and in the 60s by Sunday.

The rest of the state will also see a warming trend but nighttime temperatures would continue to be cold.

7:50 a.m. – Big thanks to Daily Journal’s Aimee Herndon for photos of some road conditions on Highway 45. It is wild out there.

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7:24 a.m. – From Chickasaw Journal editor Floyd Ingram …

Five full and fluffy inches of snow in Houston this morning.

Main roads are icy in patches but melting fast. City and county crews are already clearing secondary roads. Rural roads are completely snow-covered. All roads are drivable if you go SLOW!

7 a.m. – Reports roads in Tupelo and other parts of Northeast Mississippi are very icy. Stay home or use caution if you are on the road.

5:57 a.m. – Road closing on West Bound Highway 78 in Lee County near Auburn Road, according to Lee County officials. Several trucks involved in accident.

Also problems on other parts of Highway 78 with several trucks jack-knifed.

Bad roads out there for sure.

5:30 a.m. – The Associated Press reports …

JACKSON — The Mississippi Department of Transportation says snow and ice are causing poor driving conditions in nearly four dozen counties.

M-DOT says driving conditions are dangerous Thursday in the following counties: Alcorn, Attala, Benton, Bolivar, Calhoun, Carroll, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Clay, Coahoma, Desoto, Grenada, Hinds, Holmes, Humphreys, Issaquena, Itawamba, Kemper, Lafayette, Leake, Lee, Leflore, Lowndes, Madison, Marshall, Monroe, Montgomery, Neshoba, Noxubee, Oktibbeha, Panola, Pontotoc, Prentiss, Quitman, Scott, Sharkey, Sunflower, Tallahatchie, Tate, Tunica, Union, Warren, Washington, Webster, Winston, Yalobusha and Yazoo counties.

M-DOT says motorists should exercise extreme caution when traveling over bridges and overpasses.

Wednesday

9 p.m. – Road conditions bad around Northeast Mississippi. Several closings for tomorrow being reported.

7:20 p.m. – Hearing about several accidents. If you don’t have to get out don’t.

5:25 p.m. – Chickasaw Journal editor Floyd Ingram’s snow report ….

“Two-and-one-quarter inches of snow measured by me on the Chickasaw County Courthouse lawn in Houston at 5 p.m. today.

Floyd jokes, “Youngest Ingram boy hits mother in back of head with snowball as reporter watches.”

LET IT SNOW, LET IT SNOW, LET IT SNOW!!!”

5:17 p.m. – From Daily Journal reporter Emily Le Coz …

“Six cars in the ditch on the way back from New Albany on Highway 78 and not quite into Tupelo … White pickup completely rolled over tow trucks, cops, plows all out helping people.”

5:05 p.m. – From The Associated Press ….

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Snow and sleet began falling in parts of central and north Mississippi on Wednesday afternoon and authorities said icy precipitation was already accumulating in nearly three dozen counties.

The wintery weather threatened to make for hazardous driving conditions a week after slick roads were blamed for hundreds of accidents and traffic jams and at least three fatal car wrecks.

Lisa Lain took a break from her job in downtown Jackson on Wednesday afternoon to take pictures of the snow with her cell phone.

“I love it,” Lain said, though she acknowledged that slippery conditions could make for a long ride back to her home in Wesson. “We don’t see this very often in Mississippi.”

The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for central and north Mississippi.

Forecasters expected snow to fall in much of the northern half of the state with the possibility of 6 inches of snow in parts of the Delta and north Mississippi, with lighter accumulations further south toward Interstate 20.

“We may see 1 to 3 inches along the I-20 corridor and then if you go a little further south it will be less than an inch, if they get anything at all,” said Latrice Maxie, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Jackson. “More to the southeast they’ll see less snow. They may not see any at all. It will be a light dusting if they do.”

Authorities said some roads, bridges and overpasses could become dangerous.

The Mississippi Department of Transportation said ice and snow was accumulating by Wednesday afternoon in nearly three dozen counties.

“We’ve already had reports of numerous accidents so it’s already causing some problems on the roadways,” Maxie said. “There could be some slush developing on the road ways, especially in less-traveled areas, and the temperatures falling overnight could cause some slick spots on bridges and raised areas.”

3:41 p.m. – As of 2 p.m. driving from Ripley to Iuka, only a small snowflake here and there so far, Daily Journal’s Lena Mitchell reports.

3:04 p.m. – The Mississippi Department of Transportation said snow and icy accumulation were reported Wednesday in Pontotoc, Union, Benton, Bolivar, Coahoma, DeSoto, Humphreys, Issaquena, Lafayette, Leflore, Marshall, Panola, Quitman, Sharkey, Sunflower, Tallahatchie, Tate, Tunica, Washington, Yalobusha and Yazoo counties.

2:51 p.m. – Readers are telling us road conditions on Twitter. Check it out ….
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2:46 p.m. – Daily Journal reporter Errol Castens reports road conditions in Oxford getting very bad.

2:21 p.m. – Daily Journal reporter Carlie Kollath reports snow coming down heavy in Tupelo now. Driving not a problem at this time.

Miss. Dept. of Transportation reports ice on bridges in Pontotoc and Union County.

2:15 p.m. – from @downtownscoop on Twitter – It’s snowing in downtown Tupelo.

1:59 p.m. – MDOT Reports Snow and Icy Accumulation Across the State

JACKSON, MISS., Wednesday, February 9, 2011— The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) would like to announce a winter weather alert on roadway conditions for motorists traveling throughout the state.

As the wintry weather has begun to plague the state, snow and icy accumulation has been reported in Humphreys, Issaquena, Leflore, Panola, Sharkey, Yazoo, Benton, Bolivar, Coahoma, Desoto, Lafayette, Marshall, Quitman, Sunflower, Tallahatchie, Tate, Tunica, Washington and Yalobusha Counties.

MDOT personnel will be monitoring the weather and the road conditions and will take whatever measures are necessary to keep MS roadways open. Motorists are advised to stay off of the roadways, if possible, and if they must travel on them use extreme caution and please slow down, especially on bridges and overpasses.

For the most up-to-date information in your area, please visit www.MSTraffic.com and sign up for your traffic alerts.

1:30 p.m. – Daily Journal’s Errol Castens reports it began snowing hard in Oxford shortly before 1 p.m.

12:29 p.m. – JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for central and north Mississippi beginning at noon Wednesday.

Forecasters say a developing low pressure system was bringing rain, sleet and snow into Mississippi, Arkansas and Louisiana.

The University of Mississippi shut down at noon Wednesday. Other schools had let out in north Mississippi.

Forecasters say snow will fall in much of the northern half of the state beginning this afternoon in the Mississippi Delta. Some areas along Interstate 20 and south will see rain changing into snow by late afternoon or evening.

The forecast calls for up to 6 inches of snow for parts of the Delta and north Mississippi with lighter accumulations further south.

The Mississippi Department of Transportation has warned that some roads, bridges and overpasses could become slick and dangerous.

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