1-2 inches of snow recorded in Miss-Lou
NATCHEZ — The dusting that uncharacteristically lasted through the day Friday isn’t expected to stick around today.
Between 1 and 2 inches of the fluffy stuff fell on the Miss-Lou Thursday night and Friday morning, according to the National Weather Service, and overcast skies and temperatures that never ventured above freezing allowed it to stick around throughout the day.
The chances for snow were considered low earlier in the week, but as colder weather moved in Thursday, the moisture content in the air was higher than originally anticipated, NWS Meteorologist Dan Byrd said.
“You get a combination of moisture and cold air, and you get snow,” he said.
The snow could linger through the morning in some places as temperatures remained in the 20s Friday night, but Byrd said any such lingering will be short lived.
Southwest Mississippi’s notoriously fickle winter climate will make sure of it.
“In the Natchez area, you will get into the mid-50s (today),” Byrd said. “Whatever is left will be gone, I am sure, by early afternoon.”
The warmer weather is expected to continue Sunday, with highs around 60, though the temperature is expected to drop again into the upper 30s Sunday night.
While any ice remains, the Mississippi Department of Transportation is urging caution on state roads, though all state-maintained roads and bridges remain open, and MDOT spent Friday putting de-icing materials on roads and bridges.
The National Park Service also issued an advisory of icing conditions along the Natchez Trace from its southern terminus in Natchez to mile post 10, including the onramps at Liberty Road and U.S. 61.
Drivers not used to driving in winter weather skidded across roads and into ditches.
Mississippi Highway Patrol Troop M Spokesperson Sgt. Rusty Boyd said no major wrecks were reported, but a number of vehicles had to be pulled back onto the road.
Louisiana State Police Troop E Spokesman Scott Moreau said Thursday the troop responded to approximately 25 wrecks across its 10-parish region, which includes Concordia and Catahoula parishes. Fifteen more responses were needed Friday morning, though Moreau said he could not quantify how many of those were directly weather related.
In Adams County, Emergency Management Director Stan Owens said he knew of four wrecks resulting from drivers hitting slick spots on county roads, including incidents where the drivers rolled his vehicle and a woman who struck a utility pole.
In both of those incidents, the drivers did not have any significant injuries, Owens said.
While the weather was unusual for the area, Owens said it did not result in any serious disruptions to utility service or damage to homes caused by falling limbs weighed down with snow.
“It really takes ice to pull those limbs down, and there wasn’t enough of that,” he said.
Waste Management suspended its Friday trash pickups in Adams, Franklin and Wilkinson counties, Concordia Parish and the Town of Gloster because of the weather. Manager Andy Yates said the suspension was a safety precaution, but customers whose regular pickups were scheduled for Friday would have their trash collected today.
Waste Management pickups regularly scheduled for Saturday will also be completed today.