Old Man Winter has shown up early

Published 8:00 pm Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Temperatures are expected to fall into the 20s tonight and I’m not ready for it.

That’s 20 degrees …. before Thanksgiving … in Mississippi.

I’m all about living in a climate where the seasons change and summer turns to fall and fall into winter and winter into spring and back into summer and watching the colors change with the various highs and lows of the year, but I’m a warm-weather guy. I don’t enjoy 20-degree weather — especially before I’ve enjoyed my turkey dinner on Thanksgiving.

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Forecasters are warning that snow, sleet and freezing rain are likely Wednesday and Thursday across parts of the South, including Mississippi.

I know it’s winter in parts of the United States, but not this early in Mississippi. The National Weather Service says accumulating snow is likeliest in northeast Arkansas, southeastern Missouri, northwest Tennessee, western and central Kentucky and southern Illinois and Indiana. Farther south, forecasters expect lighter snow, sleet and freezing rain.

Snow flurries on Tuesday were reported in northern Louisiana. That’s right — in Louisiana.

Forecasters are warning drivers to use caution, saying roads may be slippery and visibility may be poor.

Officials say they’re preparing to clear icy roads and bridges, with Mississippi Transportation Commissioner Mike Tagert saying Tuesday that crews were readying plows and salt spreaders.

That’s right — salt spreaders already on the road in Mississippi.

Forecasters say moisture from the Gulf of Mexico is interacting with colder air during the year’s first cold snap across much of the region.

Now I know some of you are cheering for that white fluffy stuff to start falling from the sky, but I’m one of those who can live without snow … in November.

If winter does come earlier than expected and the snow does fall and make for some cool Christmas card photos before Christmas gets here, send me some pictures.

But to Old Man Winter I say this: wait your turn and stay further north and we’ll let you know when the Thanksgiving feast is finished and then you are more than welcome in Mississippi.

Rob Sigler is editor of The Vicksburg Post. You may reach him at Rob.Sigler@VicksburgPost.com.