Winter weather yields several accidents, no fatalities Saturday

djournal-weather-winterBy Sheena Barnett

Daily Journal

TUPELO – Icy bridges caused a few cars to slip and slide across North Mississippi on Saturday night, but no one was killed in any accidents.

Rainy weather and temperatures at the freezing mark caused ice to form on many bridges, and accidents were reported across the area in Lee, Pontotoc and Union counties. The Mississippi Department of Transportation also reported icy roads in Alcorn, Benton, Prentiss and Lafayette counties.

The Mississippi Highway Patrol is investigating nearly 20 traffic accidents and helped another 30 motorists who ran off the road due to the weather.

There were 50 calls in all nine counties of Troop F, which is based in New Albany, and most of the accidents occurred on main roads like U.S. Highway 72, U.S. Highway 78 and U.S. Highway 45, said Trooper Ray Hall.

Counties farther south like Monroe and Chicaksaw had cold weather, but little or no ice.

There is a 30 percent and 60 percent chance of rain today and tonight, respectively, and it’s expected to stay as rain as temperatures won’t go below freezing, said meteorologist John Moore III with the National Weather Service in Memphis. The wet weather will then move out of the area, allowing for sunny days on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, he said.

Temperatures will remain below average until the weekend, when they’ll go back to average, with the high expected to be 52 on Saturday.