Weather system dumps rain, snow

Published 11:35 am Friday, January 22, 2016

After being pounded by heavy rain and thunderstorms Thursday, Warren County residents woke up Friday to snow flurries, temperatures in the upper 30s with biting winds and dark skies.

The low pressure system that moved through the area in advance of the cold front dumped 2.63 inches of precipitation on Vicksburg before changing over snow this morning.

National Weather Service meteorologist Brad Bryan said the flurries continued until about mid-day, with a high in the mid- to upper 30s and skies were expected to begin Friday afternoon and evening with lows in the upper 20s.

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“I think what we’ll see here is a light dusting, and unless something changes, I don’t see any significant impact here except possibly in the northern part of the county where you have that long drive from the lake (the Eagle Lake community),” Warren County Emergency Management Director John Elfer said Friday morning.

He said the county was placed under a high wind warning with gusts projected to reach 25 mph and keeping wind chills in the 20s.

Vicksburg Warren Schools Superintendent Chad Shealy said the winter weather did not cause any delays and that all schools started on time Friday.

Mayor George Flaggs Jr. said city officials were keeping a watch on the weather.

“We’ll watch and see what the schools do, but I think we should be O.K.,” Flaggs said. “But I want to remind the public to be careful and to not take anything for granted.”

City streets superintendent Skipper Whittington said no problems were anticipated from the combination of wet and cold, but crews were ready if needed.

“Right now, it’s just wet,” Whittington said. “We have everything ready to go if it gets worse, but it’s melting as soon as it hits the ground, and the streets and bridges are pretty warm. It’s going to take a lot of cold to freeze those bridges.”

Warren Count Sheriff Martin Pace said roads in the county were clear and there were no reports of problems Friday morning.

Pace said the only traffic problem in the county occurred about 4 p.m. Thursday when a tree with power lines fell on Halls Ferry Road blocking the road and knocking out power to 405 residents along Halls Ferry Road between Carson Ridge Road and Nine Mile Cutoff Road including part of the area around Laura Lake Road. The road was cleared about 11 p.m. Thursday, he said.

Entergy Mississippi spokeswoman Shelia McKinnis said crews were able to restore power to all but 82 customers. She said power was expected to restored to those customers by noon.

Deputy Vicksburg police chief Bobby Stewart said Friday morning no related traffic problems or accidents had been reported in the city.

About John Surratt

John Surratt is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a degree in general studies. He has worked as an editor, reporter and photographer for newspapers in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. He has been a member of The Vicksburg Post staff since 2011 and covers city government. He and his wife attend St. Paul Catholic Church and he is a member of the Port City Kiwanis Club.

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