Not over yet: Snow falls as county braces for another round of winter weather

Published 9:38 am Tuesday, February 16, 2021

After experiencing a winter storm that dumped up to 4 inches of a wintry mix on Warren County, residents in some areas of the county woke up Tuesday to see snow falling in their yards.

“What we have is some low shallow moisture still in the area,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Logan Poole. “We can expect about a quarter- to a half-inch.”

The snow is the last remnant of Monday’s winter storm that forced most county residents indoors. Temperatures Monday night stayed in the upper teens and did not get below 10 degrees as predicted.

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And as people recover from Monday’s event, officials are getting ready for the next storm system forecast to hit the area Wednesday and Thursday.

But whether the area is hit by a rain event or freezing rain will all depend on the temperature.

“If the temperature is above freezing, we can expect rain, if it’s below freezing we’ll have ice. It’s going to be close,” Poole said. Presently, he said, the Upper Delta is most at risk for freezing rain, “But that could move south.”

“This could be an ice event,” Warren County Emergency Management Director John Elfer said. “A decision will be made shortly whether to close the courthouse. Interstate 20 is still dangerous and still closed between Mile Markers 5 and 9. This is going to be bad.”

The forecast for Tuesday shows highs in the upper 20s with lows back into the teens. Highs Wednesday are expected to be in the mid-30s with lows in the low 30s.

Wednesday’s forecast calls for a chance of light freezing rain, showers and a slight chance of snow showers and light sleet in the morning followed by showers, freezing rain and light sleet in the afternoon.

Thursday’s forecast calls for showers, light freezing rain and snow showers with a slight chance of snow showers, showers and light freezing rain in the afternoon.

Highs will be in the mid-30s with lows up to 20 degrees.

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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