The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency urges Mississippians to exercise extreme caution during the ongoing winter weather event. Reports of icy bridges and roads are already coming into the State Emergency Operations Center in Pearl, and conditions are not expected to improve in some areas for the next several days.
Forecasters with the National Weather Service predict temperatures will remain near or below freezing through Thursday, as a storm system brings rain, freezing rain and sleet to areas just north of the U.S. Highway 84 corridor to the Tennessee state line. Areas south of the U.S. Highway 84 corridor have a limited threat for severe weather this evening. The primary threat in this area will be high winds.
Several agencies have reported winter weather updates to the SEOC:
With the forecast of freezing rain in parts of the state, residents should be prepared to be without power for an extended period of time.
MEMA recommends the following safety tips during winter storms:
It is imperative for you to stay aware of weather in your area, as conditions change. Monitor your local media outlets or your NWS Office.
The SEOC is activated with state and partnering agencies to respond to county requests for assistance. Gov. Phil Bryant declared a state of emergency on Sunday. A state of emergency is an administrative tool that authorizes the use of additional state resources to aid in storm response efforts.
For detailed preparedness information, contact your county emergency management agency, or go to MEMA’s website at www.msema.org. The best way to get up-to-date information is to “Like” MEMA on Facebook, or “Follow” us on twitter.
Press release from Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA).