Snow, not ice, expected here

Published 12:03 pm Wednesday, February 9, 2011

More winter weather headed into Vicksburg and Warren County this afternoon, with the National Weather Service saying 1 to 3 inches of snow could fall here by morning.

Coming on the heels of storms that have brought ice and flurries in the last few weeks, the winter storm warning was issued for central and north Mississippi beginning at noon today and extending into early Thursday.

Forecasters said a developing low pressure system was bringing rain, sleet and snow into Mississippi, Arkansas and Louisiana.

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The NWS said areas along and north of Interstate 20 were expected to receive at least 2 inches of snow with heavier amounts greater than 4 inches likely farther north.

Vicksburg Warren School District Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Duran Swinford said at mid-morning she had no plans to dismiss students early, but she was monitoring the weather.

Snow would not be as much of a concern as ice, Swinford said. Ice accumulations on county roads have caused two school cancellations and one early dismissal this year.

Today’s chance of precipitation was 90 percent, the NWS said. A high around 40 was expected to bring rain in the early afternoon, changing to snow after 3 p.m., with winds from the southeast around 5 to 15 mph. Occasional gusts could hit 25 mph, forecasters said.

Light snow was likely to continue until midnight.

Thursday is forecast to be mostly sunny, with a daytime high near 34 dropping to a low of 17 and winds from the north wind around 10 mph.