Sledding, anyone? White stuff may be on the way

Published 12:00 am Thursday, January 18, 2001

After enduring rain and fog much of the week, the Miss-Lou may be seeing something else fall from the clouds by this afternoon – snow. And some accumulation is possible as the white stuff is expected to hang around through Saturday morning before heading east.

Eric Carpenter, meteorologist at the National Weather Service office in Jackson, said a strong storm system to the west in Texas will be moving east and will bring in colder air on the back side of the system.

This is the same system that brought several inches of rain to the Miss-Lou and prompted a flood watch to be issued for the area for Thursday and Thursday night.

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&uot;The question is how much cold air will move in,&uot; Carpenter said. &uot;We do expect it to move in.&uot;

As the temperature drops from the mid-40s in the early morning hours into the 30s this afternoon, rain will change to snow, he said.

Carpenter said snowfall accumulation will be confined to less than 1 inch and is not likely to cause many travel problems.

Adams County Civil Defense Director George Souderes said he talked with the weather service in Jackson Wednesday and Thursday.

&uot;It probably is going to snow,&uot; Souderes said. &uot;They’re looking at an 80 percent chance of precipitation today. They’re not looking for any significant accumulation, maybe a quarter to a half an inch.

&uot;My confirmation with them is that the ground is still going to be too warm (for the snow to stick),&uot; he added.

Tonight’s forecast calls for a 40 percent chance of snow showers and a low temperature near 32 degrees. A 20 percent percent chance of snow showers is expected for Saturday, with the high temperature between 35 and 40 degrees, he said.

&uot;We’ve just got to watch the temperature,&uot; Souderes said.

Most Miss-Lou students will have to wait to find out whether the snow costs them some time in class.

Concordia Parish Schools are already out for parent-teacher conferences, said Vidalia High School Principal Rick Brown. &uot;If it were Monday, it would be a different story,&uot; he said.

Cathedral High School Principal Dr. Scott Fleming is taking a wait-and-see approach.

&uot;At this point, I don’t plan on cancelling any classes,&uot; he said.

Natchez-Adams School District Superintendent Dr. Carl Davis and Natchez High School Principal Brenda Williams will also wait to decide whether to cancel classes.

&uot;If it’s just light snow and it’s not sticking, we’ll have class all day and dismiss at the normal times,&uot; Davis said. &uot;But if the news changes and we have ice or freezing rain, then we’ll dismiss early.&uot;

&uot;It’s so difficult to do the massive communication,&uot; Williams said. &uot;That decision will be made in a timely manner, but no sooner than we have to.&uot;

This would be the second time this winter the area has snow.

Snow fell late New Year’s Eve and early New Year’s Day, dusting streets but mostly melting that morning.