Snow greets north Mississippi residents

Published 4:30 pm Friday, February 2, 2007

Some north Mississippi residents woke to up to two inches snow Friday, with local officials urging motorists to take care on icy bridges and roadways.

“Yesterday there were numerous accidents on the bridges in the area,” DeSoto County emergency operation director Bobby Storey said Friday. “There are less accidents today because people are seeing the snow and avoiding it.”

The snow may not stay around very long as temperatures pushed above freezing during the day Friday.

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Much of the heavier snow was to the north in Tennessee, forecasters said. The weather system that brought the snow had moved off into Alabama by midmorning.

The National Weather Service’s snow advisory for north Mississippi expired at 6 a.m. Friday. The weekend forecast called cold temperatures with some precipitation on Sunday night. There was a chance of snow flurries in the northern counties.

Meteorologist Mike Edmonston, with the weather service in Jackson, said Friday there were snow flurries across north Mississippi, including the Delta and the West Point-Starkville-Columbus Golden Triangle area.

“All of Mississippi that received snow last night, it will be gone by this afternoon,” Edmonston said.

He said the colder and dryer air mass will be moving across the state with skies becoming partly cloudy. He said temperatures in the 40s were expected on Saturday.

Many areas of Tennessee were receiving snow Friday morning, after having escaped it Wednesday night. The back side of a weather system that had been predicted to produce mostly flurries, brought an inch or more of snow to some spots in western and central Tennessee by dawn Friday.