Winter weather results in school closings, tournament cancellations and wrecks


Tippah Electric crews work to clear a downed power line at the intersection of MS 4 and MS 370 in Ripley.

RIPLEY – Tippah and Benton Counties remain under a winter weather advisory until 6 p.m. Friday. Snow accumulation has resulted in school closings, game cancellations and some accidents .

Benton County Schools, North Tippah Schools and South Tippah Schools are all closed today. The Friday night games for the Tippah County Basketball Tournament have been canceled. The Saturday game schedule has not been determined at this time.

There have been several accidents reported on MS 15 North of Ripley including one truck that has flipped and one in a ditch.

A power line is down at the intersection of MS 4 and MS 370 (Dumas Road). Tippah Electric crews are working to clear the roads. Power outages are expected south of County Road 701 and into Dumas later today. It is unclear how long the power will bpower2e out. Tippah Electric will post updates throughout the day on their Facebook page. Concerned citizens may call their office at any time at 837-8139 for more information.

According to the Ripley Police department, an 18 wheeler snagged the sagging line and brought it down. The pole that held the line was snapped in two pieces. It is unclear at this time if the snapping of the pole resulted from the 18 wheeler pulling the line.

Check back with for more weather related information as it becomes available.

This car flipped on MS 15 north of RIpley early on the morning of Friday, Jan. 6.

This truck flipped on MS 15 north of Ripley early on the morning of Friday, Jan. 6.


This truck ran into a ditch Friday morning on MS 15 North of Ripley.

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