Winter weather brings snow to south Mississippi

Published 5:22 pm Saturday, January 19, 2008

JACKSON (AP) Snow began ending across south Mississippi on Saturday, leaving a dusting up to 3 inches in some areas and prompting the National Weather Service to lift a winter weather advisory for the state.

The National Weather Service canceled both a winter storm warning and a heavy snow warning as the system left the Magnolia State and headed eastward into Alabama and Georgia.

The weather service said accumulations of as much as 2 inches to 3 inches had been reported in some areas of south Mississippi.

Email newsletter signup

The Mississippi Department of Transportation and the Highway Patrol were warning motorist to take extra precautions around bridges and area where snow was melting because ice could form when temperatures dropped Saturday night.

MDOT had crews out in south Mississippi to keep major roadways clear.

“We got reports earlier Saturday of an inch of snow in Jefferson and Lincoln counties and later reports of 3 inches around Bassfield,” said weather service meteorologist Lynn Burse in Jackson. “Natchez had gotten less than inch and the Hattiesburg area has received about an inch.”

Burse said northern counties got a mixture of snow, sleet and rain. She said the precipitation turned to snow in south Mississippi because the storm system that developed in the Gulf of Mexico and headed north was more intense in that region.

“We are still looking generally at 1 to 3 inches before we see everything taper off later Saturday,” Burse said.

No injuries had been reported early Saturday although the Highway Patrol reported local authorities were dealing with accidents associated with the storm.

Highs Saturday were expected to be in the lower 30s in the north to mid-40s in the south. Temperatures were expected to drop into teens and low 30s. The Sunday forecast called for temperatures from the 30s to near 50 during the day and in the teens and 30s at night.

In Alabama, the heaviest reports of snow Saturday stretched from Tuscaloosa and Demopolis, through Selma and Clanton, to Alexander City, Auburn and Roanoke, where early, unofficial reports totaled more than two inches.

In Birmingham, snow flurries dusted the tops of cars, homes and grass, but with temperatures just slightly above freezing, the snow melted upon contact with most of the roads.