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Roads Over Mississippi Are Now Icy

| 9:41 am January 9, 2011 | Comments (33)

SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE JACKSON MS
939 AM CST SUN JAN 9 2011

…TRAVEL VERY HAZARDOUS ACROSS WEST CENTRAL MISSISSIPPI AND
NORTHEAST LOUISIANA THIS MORNING…

…CONDITIONS BEGINNING TO DETERIORATE ACROSS SOUTHEAST ARKANSAS AND
NORTHWEST AND NORTH CENTRAL MISSISSIPPI…

AT 930 AM CST…NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE RADAR INDICATED A BAND OF
SLEET AND FREEZING RAIN…MIXED WITH SNOW…EXTENDING FROM NEAR
BASTROP LOUISIANA AND CROSSETT ARKANSAS…TO NORTHERN PORTIONS OF THE
JACKSON METRO AREA…TO JUST WEST OF MERIDIAN. THIS BAND WAS LIFTING
SLOWLY NORTH.

ROAD CONDITIONS ARE REPORTED AS HAZARDOUS FROM THE JACKSON METRO AREA
WEST ACROSS VICKSBURG INTO NORTHEAST LOUISIANA. NUMEROUS ACCIDENTS
HAVE BEEN REPORTED…AND IN VICKSBURG STREETS WERE REPORTED AS BEING
ICY ALONG WITH BRIDGES AND OVERPASSES BEING HAZARDOUS. THE
INTERSTATE 20 CORRIDOR WILL SEE A BREAK IN THE WINTRY PRECIPITATION
LATE THIS MORNING AND EARLY THIS AFTERNOON…AND TRAVEL CONDITIONS
SHOULD IMPROVE SOMEWHAT BY MIDDAY. HOWEVER…MORE WINTRY
PRECIPITATION SHOULD MOVE INTO THE AREA THIS AFTERNOON AND CONDITIONS
WILL DETERIORATE AGAIN.

FARTHER NORTH OVER EXTREME NORTHEAST LOUISIANA…SOUTHEAST
ARKANSAS…AND MISSISSIPPI FROM JUST NORTH OF THE INTERSTATE 20
CORRIDOR TO THE HIGHWAY 82 CORRIDOR…THE BAND OF WINTRY
PRECIPITATION WILL LIKELY BECOME NEARLY STATIONARY INTO THIS
AFTERNOON. THIS WILL RESULT IN PERSISTENT SLEET…SNOW AND SOME
FREEZING RAIN FOR MUCH OF THE DAY. ROAD CONDITIONS WILL BECOME
EXTREMELY HAZARDOUS. THIS INCLUDES THE GREENVILLE…GREENWOOD…
KOSCIUSKO…AND YAZOO CITY AREAS.

OVER SOUTH MISSISSIPPI…TEMPERATURES ARE CURRENTLY ABOVE FREEZING
AND ANY PRECIPITATION IS VERY LIGHT. GUSTY EAST WINDS CAN BE EXPECTED
TODAY…AND THIS COULD CAUSE A FEW DOWNED LIMBS AND TREES. WINTRY
PRECIPITATION COULD BECOME A CONCERN AGAIN THIS AFTERNOON.

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  1. AM says:

    And let the idiotic “how much will my town get” questions commence….!

  2. Thundersnow says:

    @AM, along with all the obnoxious “let me make witty posts about how stupid everyone else is” comments. Just stick to the weather, my friend.
    Fingers crossed for a safe and fun snow event.

  3. AM says:

    Sorry, I just don’t suffer fools very well and there seems to be more than I thought out there.

  4. HappyinTtown says:

    Ugh…that probably means the ice is headed towards Tuscaloosa soon. Better get all our laundry done (hate to run out of clean clothes).

  5. MB says:

    I’ve been watching posts and you people are the most hateful and mean I’ve seen to people who sometimes ask legitimate questions. Stick to the weather and yes not everyone is as bright as you may be, but that is no reason to be so mean and hateful to them.

    Stick to the weather.

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  7. Leah says:

    My worry is that the Birmingham metro will get an inch or two of snow and then have a cap of ice over it. I don’t know how many people where out and about on the Sunday after christmas, but I-65 was shut down that morning with multiple accidents, and that event was nothing like the current situation. If my fear does come true, is there the chance that roads could be icy into tuesday as well?

  8. Amos says:

    I don’t think it’s too much to actually ask people to look at the map before asking how much precip their town will get.

  9. Amos says:

    Leah, it is not only possible but likely considering how the temps are looking.

  10. Randy says:

    Hi, everyone. Although I’m a central Mississippi resident, I follow the blog here. I live in Canton about 15 miles north of Jackson. The sleet has been moderate to heavy and we’ve transitioned to a freezing rain mix…and this only the initial band. Icicles are already forming on the house, and the mailbox is iced closed. So much sleet accumulated on the neighborhood rooftops that it looked like we’d had a decent snow. Things should get very interesting once the main precip shield rolls though.

  11. chelsea says:

    amos i mean weather blog police I dont think its to much to ask in regards to amount of snow/ice when your town is right on the line and as models have been doing all week moving all the snow more north with that said if that does happen which is likely areas on the line will see more ice than snow. go back to your patroling of the weather blogs

  12. Lisa P.G. says:

    I lift things up and I put them down. I lift things up and I put them down.

  13. coby says:

    Anyone know what the roads will be like in Adamsville?

  14. Rob says:

    This is not a “how much will I get” question, I promise.

    But I was wondering, is it possible NE Jefferson Co. would get on the higher end on things, like at least 6″ due to the hilly terrain?

  15. Please says:

    Coby, hopefully soon, all roads in Adamsville will be paved… Please be patient…

  16. Katrina Runs says:

    @ Please….BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. That was awesome.

    Mom in Jackson, MS is reporting sleet and or freezing rain. This was always predicted to be an early evening event here in Tuscaloosa, so I’ve refrained from face-planting the window. I give myself another 3 or 4 hours before I start the stare-down.

  17. HBKDude says:

    @MB..,I agree and those kind of people are gonna be the ones screamin the most when their power goes out or they can’t go get beer.GO SNOW!

  18. Alaina says:

    this is off topic, but….. does anyone know how to keep ice from sticking to satellite dish? dont want to loose tv.

  19. Lisa Pl.Grove says:

    The anticipation of the deteriorating conditions in Pl. Grove is overwhelming. I feel the need to begin preparing for the worst blizzard in 1ooo years.

  20. Katrina Runs says:

    I think these people were joking, but some other people swear by spraying non-stick cooking spray on the dish…but don’t spray aerosol on power lines. Seriously, some people will try that. Don’t! :D

  21. Piglet says:

    Can’t really understand why someone asking about their area wouldn’t be ok here since this is the WEATHER BLOG!!!! So tired of the snark and hateful responses on some of the boards. I would say weather like this is unusual and frankly, frightening to some. I appreciate the information, and will ignore the snark.

  22. richard says:

    James we have just begun to get intermiten sleet in Newbern now.

  23. James Spann says:

    THanks for the report Richard… keep us posted

  24. Andy too says:

    Question: (Has looked at maps and read all) But, I still want to hear from some of you. The original plan was for me to transport someone on Monday afternoon from North Shelby Co to the big airport so they could fly to Houston. It’s an important trip for medical reasons. I must report to the folks in Houston later this afternoon whether my Monday road trip will be possible. I think not based upon what I’m seeing. Anyone glimmers of hope out there?

  25. loves snow says:

    Where is Newbern?

  26. LincolnRoy says:

    When the Mets put up numerous Snow Total Maps up..(and they have) Then asking how much snow my neighborhood will get is silly…Piglet,also understand the Mets do not have time to address EVERY total requested.Others on here want to know what “HOBBY METS” think will happen…We are not being mean it is just that their questions have ALREADY been answered,,,MANY TIMES.

  27. Byron says:

    @Andy too; Given the history of our area with weather like what we expect (related to travel and interstates), and the fact that icing is a strong likelihood, If I were in your shoes, I’d be rescheduling. Better to have made new plans and not have needed to, than to have not made new plans and then be wishing you had.
    Even if you got to the airport, no guarantee planes would be taking off. BHM has some deicing equipment but not to deal with icy runways. At least none that I know of.

  28. Andy too says:

    Thanks for the feedback, Byron. Your advice sound wise.

  29. Heidi says:

    Alaina- our DirecTV went out for a few minutes during the Christmas snow. I happened to be talking to them a week or two later about something unrelated and mentioned to the CSR how funny it was to lose signal in Alabama for snow. He told me up North that the people who don’t want to get dishes with heaters installed usually take a Super Soaker and fill it with warm water then go out (or let the kids) and give it a good spray. I may try this if it happens again.

  30. LincolnRoy says:

    ANDY: No you will not be able to make it.

  31. PStouder says:

    Just wondering when the roads will start to ice in Gadsden. Have to work 3 to 12 and wonding if I will have to leave early. Had to drive during last snow and ice event and it sucked!

  32. Heidi says:

    I just noticed the “cooking oil” post above. The DirecTV guy told me to never put any type of cooking oil or lubricant on it. He also said some people try Rain-X or stuff that’s made to keep your car windshield clear. He said that’s a big no-no, too. I actually thought both of those sounded like pretty good ideas, but he said it can put a “coating” on (something that I’m not smart enough to remember) and mess with your signal. He told me water only.

  33. Amos says:

    Chelsea, if your town is on the snow/ice line (as mine is), you just have to prepare for both. You could get snow, you could get ice. You could get both. No one has the ability to predict the type and amount of precip along that line, especially for any specific community. That’s what I’m trying to tell people — you’re just going to have to get used to a level of uncertainty.

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